Objectives for well-run elections in the current public health context

2021 elections

Elections held in the coming months, including the important sets of polls scheduled for May 2021, are likely to be delivered against the backdrop of evolving public health restrictions. These will present complex new challenges for all involved in the electoral process.

Objectives

We have worked with and consulted electoral administrators, political parties and governments across Great Britain to identify a shared set of high-level objectives for delivering successful elections in the current public health environment.

We encourage all those involved in supporting and delivering the elections to use these objectives:

  • to assess and test policy options and implementation approaches
  • to identify and manage significant risks to successful delivery of the elections
  • to inform research, analysis and reporting on the polls

Objectives for successful elections in the current public health context

Voters should be able to participate in the polls safely and confidently, and campaigners and parties should be able to put their case to the electorate.

Last updated: 23 November 2020
Next review: 14 October 2021