How to vote for your next Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections are due to take place nationally on 6th May 2021.

These elections have been rescheduled from 6th May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You must be at least 18 years of age and registered to vote. The deadline for registering to vote in these elections is 5pm on 20th April, and you can choose whether to vote in person at a polling station or to vote by post.

To register to vote, please see here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections use the Supplementary Vote system which means you get 2 choices. This is different from local and general elections, which use the First Past the Post system. For more information on the Supplementary Vote system, please see here.

You can vote for your Police and Crime Commissioner in the usual way either by post or by attending your local polling station. To register for a postal vote, please contact your local council.

About Police and Crime Commissioners

There is one Police and Crime Commissioner for each police force area. London, the City of London and Manchester are managed using a different system. Avon and Somerset consists of 4 unitary authorities – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – and the County of Somerset.

For more details and information about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner, please visit the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners website.

As well as the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, there are Mayoral and Councillor elections taking place in Bristol and the Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority election on the same day.

The deadline to register for in person vote and postal vote – 20th April at 5pm.

The full Police and Crime Commissioner oath is as follows:

“{Full Name} of {Place} do solemnly and sincerely promise that I will serve all the people of Police Force Area in the office of police and crime commissioner without fear or favour.
I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public.
I will give a voice to the public, especially victims of crime and work with other services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice.
I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decisions, so that I may be properly held to account by the public.
I will not seek to influence or prevent any lawful and reasonable investigation or arrest, nor encourage any police action save that which is lawful and justified within the bounds of this office.”

For more information about what a PCC does, please have a read of this article.