Police & Crime Commissioner Elections - 6 May 2021
Following the postponed Police & Crime Commissioner Elections (PCC Elections) in May 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic, these elections will now take place on Thursday, 6 May 2021.
Voters in 41 police force areas in England and Wales, excluding London, will be electing a Police and Crime Commissioner for their force area.
For information about the role of a Police and Crime Commissioner please visit the Leicestershire Police & Crime Commissioner webpage
North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is the lead authority for the Leicestershire police area, which is covered by nine local authorities in total:-
These elections use the Supplementary Voting system where voters are able to choose a first preference candidate and a second preference candidate.
When the first preference votes has been counted, if no candidate has an overall majority (more than 50%) the second preference votes for the top two candidates are then counted. First preference and second preference votes for these two candidates are then added together and the candidate with the most total votes wins the election.
Each local authority will count their own votes and provide these to NWLDC. Once all the results are collated, we will declare who is elected as PCC for Leicestershire and this web page will be updated.
This page will be updated as we move through the election process.
Notice and nominations
When is the election? What elections are taking place?
On Thursday 6 May, residents in Leicestershire will be voting for Leicestershire County Council elections.
Police and Crime Commissioner elections will also take place on the same day (having been deferred from 2020).
Are the elections on 6 May being postponed?
The elections are scheduled to go ahead as planned on 6 May 2021. We are working hard to ensure they can proceed effectively, including making polling stations safe places to vote.
Who makes the decision to postpone the elections?
Any decision to postpone the polls would be for the UK Government to make and be subject to parliamentary approval.
Do you think they can go ahead in the current circumstances?
The Electoral Commission has developed a set of election objectives with the UK's governments, political parties and electoral administrators, to ensure the elections can be delivered safely and successfully.
How can I vote at the May 2021 elections?
There are a number of ways to have your say in May - you can vote at a polling station, by post or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.
How can I apply to vote by post or proxy?
To vote in the elections - either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy - you must first be registered to vote.
To vote by post
If you're registered to vote, to apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form. Send the completed form to the electoral services team at: Council Offices, Whitwick Road, Coalville. LE67 3FJ.
To vote by proxy
If you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote or can apply to vote for you by post.
To apply for a proxy vote, complete the form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person.
How do I register to vote?
To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. You can register to vote online - it takes only five minutes.
If you're unable to register online, you can apply by post. You can download the relevant forms from the Electoral Commission website.
Is voting by post safe?
Yes, voting by post is safe. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret and seal the envelope yourself.
You will be asked to provide your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. Your signature and date of birth will then be checked against those previously provided to confirm your identity and ensure your vote is secure.
Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.
How are you making polling stations safe?
Arrangements are being put in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you've become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.
We will continue our discussions with public health authorities as we prepare for the elections to make sure we are following the most up to date guidance. We will update this page as more information and guidance becomes available.
Will I need to bring my own pen or pencil?
Definitive guidance in this area is still being developed, but you're always welcome to use your own pen or pencil.
We will update this page as new information becomes available.
Is it safer to vote by post, instead of going in person?
We are working hard to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead.
What should I do if I find out closer to the time that I need to self-isolate, or my area goes into a local lockdown?
We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic. We will be providing more information nearer the time on how you can vote if you need to self-isolate or live in an area under local lockdown.
Previous PCC Election - May 2016
The last PCC election for Leicestershire was held in May 2016 where Willy Bach (The Labour Party) was duly elected as the Police & Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire. The overall turnout was 20.25% and the final results can be viewed below
Certificate of First Count - Leicestershire Police Area (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)
Certificate of Second Count - Leicestershire Police Area (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)
Last updated: Fri 26 March, 2021 @ 10:43