Stevenson Trust for Citizenship panel discussion

Published: 26 March 2021

Elections in a time of COVID: Challenges and Solutions

The 6 May 2021 Scottish Parliament elections will be held under extraordinary circumstances. Even if lockdown conditions are somewhat loosened in advance of polling day, Scotland will still be struggling with the global pandemic, a substantial portion of the population will still be waiting to receive the vaccine and social distancing measures will still be in place. 

Under these conditions, how will Scotland run the elections?  What measures will be put in place to ensure voters, as well as polling station and count workers, that the elections will be COVID safe, whilst continuing to ensure Scotland’s tradition of open, transparent and secure elections? 

The Stevenson Trust for Citizenship at the University of Glasgow will host a panel of Scottish elections experts, both administrators and academics, to discuss the challenges, solutions and, perhaps, opportunities in running our elections during these unprecedented times.


Christopher Carman - Stevenson Professor of Citizenship


Malcolm Burr - Convener of the Elections Management Board

Alistair Clark - Reader, Newcastle University

Andy O’Neill - Head of Electoral Commission, Scotland

Tuesday, 30 March, 18:00-19:30

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First published: 26 March 2021