After flooding hit map of the nation final month, with houses evacuated, roads closed and contributors trapped upstairs, what would occur if it were to repeat on polling day?
Ashok Vaitha, 60, from Braunstone Town, Leicester, got in contact the advise of Your Questions Answered to raise this point and we investigated.
What if a polling set floods?
In an emergency, councils can turn to a makeshift polling set which could presumably be a automobile boot or a tent – absolute top as long as voting could presumably even be performed in secret. In excessive circumstances polling could presumably even be postponed to the next day.
“In all instances, it is miles at the discretion of the presiding officer to resolve if the security of voters and polling set workers is at disaster and, if so, whether to relocate or adjourn the ballot,” the Electoral Commission said.
Colin Jones, from Blaby District Council which covers the sphere the place Mr Vaitha lives, said: “If a polling set were to alter into unavailable or inaccessible then, as long as polling set workers have the indispensable notices, ballotpapers, ballotfield and voters can vote in secret, the ballotmay presumably even be performed originate air of the polling set, be it in a caravan, tent, gazebo and even the presiding officer’s automobile.
“Our necessary goal in this form of scenario is to verify that voters are ready to vote in secret from 07: 00 on ballotday.”
On the local council elections in Also can this three hundred and sixty five days the principle holder for a polling set in Sheffield became late so the clerks did absolute top that.
“The ballotfield became positioned in the boot of a automobile- the voters could presumably well designate their paper then set it in the ballotfield, this became performed going via a ways flung from other contributors so could presumably well it be performed securely,” a spokeswoman for Sheffield City Council said.
She said polling clerks requested for the voters’ crucial map, realized their documentation and then stepped a ways flung from the automobile – nevertheless it absolutely became absolute top for approximately 10 minutes and fewer than five contributors passed via.
The Electoral Commission said local councils had steerage on thought for inclement climate and would attain every thing they’d presumably merely to verify voters were ready to solid their vote.
Derbyshire Dales District Council, in the sphere the place a girl died after being swept away by floodwater in November, and Ashfield District Council said they would develop preparations for folks to vote at a sure residing.
Have polling stations had to relocate in the previous?
At some stage in the EU referendum in 2016, Devon Formulation Centre polling set in Kingston upon Thames, south-west London, became below water when workers arrived at 06: 15 BST.
A spokesman for the local council said: “Team of workers had to teach ballotpapers below a porch stood in the water unless they were given an exchange set at a nearby library, which became being frail for one other district.”
One melancholy member of workers then had to stand in the rain and redirect voters unless signs were set in field. Meanwhile leaflets were dispensed and a bus became positioned on to shuttle contributors between venues.
The council said one other polling set became moved later the identical day, additionally due to the of flooding.
And in European Parliamentary elections this three hundred and sixty five days, an unexploded World Warfare Two bomb forced the evacuation of two church buildings that were being frail as polling stations, all over again in Kingston upon Thames.
Police erected a cordon and officers told contributors the place they’d presumably merely solid their vote instead. The understanding became additionally positioned on the council website online and voters were despatched a text message.
What if I will be capable of’t get to the polling set due to the of the floods?
The Electoral Commission said contributors could presumably well practice for an emergency proxy vote up unless 17: 00 on election day and it became as much as the returning officer if this became granted.
However, the pointers urged this became absolute top an option if voters had a scientific emergency or for a final minute goal referring to their occupation, service or employment.
Anyone concerned about now not being ready to get to a polling set for one other goal would be practice for a same outdated proxy vote unless 4 December – this Wednesday.
What are councils doing to arrange for floods?
A polling set in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, has already been moved due to the of excessive flooding that hit town in November.
Bassetlaw District Council has despatched letters to voters informing them of the trade and has willing “mobile objects” in case of extra concerns.
“We are in actuality plotting polling stations against flood maps and flood disaster areas and devising a checklist of emergency polling locations in case of extra flooding and they would scream the final public,” a spokesman said.
How seemingly is flooding in the week of the election?
As ever, predicting the climate this a ways upfront is sophisticated nevertheless BBC climate presenter Prosperous Davis said he expected at the least some rain.
“In the point out time the week of the final election seems seemingly to be unsettled with wet and windy stipulations across the UK,” he said.
Any disruption that week from the climate would be extra seemingly to be precipitated by wind and rain than ice or snow nevertheless it absolutely became smooth too a ways-off for the forecast to be ultimate.
However it is miles December, what if it snows?
Any voters who could presumably well fight to get to the polls would be inspired to contact traffic and family for abet.
In Bassetlaw, election workers will be given snow shovels and luggage of grit in the tournament of a flurry of the white stuff.
“We are able to be other staffing sources we can deploy to verify ballotstations are protected, originate and accessible,” the council said.
“We additionally have a meeting with Nottingham County Council to discuss gritting routes around the election.”