Politics

Quarantined people can vote from home

  • Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, and David Burt, the Premier, held a press conference about the safety and accessibility of voting in October’s General Election (Photograph by Sarah Lagan)

People in quarantine will be able to vote in the General Election without going to a polling station, it was confirmed last night.

A spokeswoman for the Parliamentary Registry said: “Quarantined voters are invited to vote in with the sick and shut-in voters. The forms are available online.”

The news came after Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, and David Burt, the Premier, held a briefing at the Progressive Labour Party’s Alaska Hall headquarters on Court Street yesterday to discuss Covid-19 voting arrangements.

The Parliamentary Registrar warned earlier this week that returned residents forced to quarantine would not be allowed to attend polling stations on October 1 because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Mr Burt said yesterday: “Never before in Bermuda’s history ... has voting been more accessible than it is today.”

Travelling residents were earlier advised that to be able to vote they must:

• Arrive no later than September 29 — two days before the election — with a clear pre-departure test

• Arrive no later than September 20 if they did not have a pre-departure test and that they had to quarantine for eight days and get a clear day-8 test

Anyone who was unsure if they could arrange a pre-departure test should arrive no later than September 20.

Ms Wilson said: “There has been a lot of concern raised about accessibility to voting. I am here today to speak about the measures the Government has taken to make voting safer and more accessible than ever before.

“As we committed to listening to medical experts and protecting the health and safety of our community, so are we committed to ensuring safe, fair and accessible elections for all.”

Ms Wilson highlighted amendments to make elections more accessible included the right for prisoners on parole to vote and advanced polling for seniors and the medically vulnerable.

The housebound can vote from home.

Ms Wilson added: “In order to protect our community from Covid-19, we have shared the recommendations from the Caribbean Public Health Agency with Government House and the Parliamentary Registrar.”

Voters will have to wear a mask to enter the polling station, must have their temperatures checked and also sanitise their hands.

For remote voting information visit: https://elections.gov.bm/general-election/advanced-polling.html

To view remarks from David Burt and Kim Wilson, click on the PDF links under “Related Media”