Laura Sharman 10 June 2020

Councils given extra time to update electoral rolls

Local authority staff will be given more time to complete this year's annual electoral canvass due to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government is extending the deadline for revised registers from 1 December 2020 to February 2021.

It will also allow the upcoming boundary review to be based on data from the previous electoral registers before the start of the pandemic.

Minister for the constitution and devolution, Chloe Smith, said: 'We have already made significant reforms to the canvass process, meaning that it is now easier than ever to complete. Nonetheless, this government has been looking ahead throughout this pandemic, including drawing up contingency plans for those working in the electoral community.

'Both measures I have confirmed today are sensible solutions to alleviate any concerns about public safety, while also strengthening the accuracy of the forthcoming canvass data and boundary review.'

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