Make sure you’re ready to vote for the next Police and Crime Commissioner

Posted on: 17 March 2016

With the Police and Crime Commissioner election coming up in May, local residents are being reminded to make sure they are registered to vote.

Next week, North Devon and Torridge District council’s will be sending out poll cards to residents across the districts who have registered to vote.

Anyone aged 18 or over will be able to vote on election day, Thursday 5 May, providing they have registered to do so. Anybody who hasn’t yet registered has until Monday 18 April or risk losing their chance to vote on the day.

The Police and Crime Commissioner oversees the running of local police forces, including appointing the Chief Constable, setting the local budget and deciding what the priorities should be for the police in their area.

Electoral Services Manager at North Devon Council, Judith Dark, says: “If you don’t receive your poll card, it could mean you’re not registered to vote. We don’t want to turn away anyone on the day, if you want to vote please make sure you are registered. In past elections we have received a number of calls on the day from people who have gone to a polling station only to find that they can’t vote.”

“Anybody who can’t make it to the polling station should talk to a member of the elections team who can discuss the alternatives to them so that they can still have their say.”

Electoral Registration Officer and Head of Paid Service at Torridge District Council, Jenny Wallace says: “Our websites have a lot of guidance on how to register to vote and how to apply for alternative methods of voting such as by post. Alternatively people can contact us by email or telephone and registering will allow people to not only vote in this election but also in future elections such as the upcoming EU referendum vote.

“We would particularly like to encourage young people eligible to vote for the first time and students who collectively are sometimes not as aware of the process or deadlines as others. Families, friends and acquaintances can help us in this by prompting younger people to register, which only takes a few minutes on the internet.”

John Street, the Police Area Returning Officer for Devon and Cornwall says: “May 5th will see almost 1.3 million voters across the Devon and Cornwall Police Force area choose a new Police and Crime Commissioner. There will be almost 1,400 polling stations open on the day between 7am and 10pm, so there won’t be one very far away from your home which will allow you to cast your vote.

“Only people who are registered can take part in this election, so I am urging people living in Devon and Cornwall to make sure they are registered to vote, so they don’t miss out on having their say on polling day. Registering is easy and you can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote in just a few minutes. You will need your date of birth and national insurance number.”

Ben Brook, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, says: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they will be able to have their say on issues that directly affect their day-to-day lives. It’s important that anyone who is eligible to be on the register, but has not yet registered, does so. The deadline to register to vote is Monday 18 April 2016.”

Absent votes are available from your respective councils for people who can’t get to the polling station on the day. Applications can also be made for a postal vote or for someone else to vote on their behalf, known as a proxy vote. The two can also be combined, so someone completing a proxy vote can also do this by post.

More information about registering to vote, applying for an absent vote or postal vote and the Police and Crime Commissioner election
can be found on your council website:

www.northdevon.gov.uk/elections
www.torridge.gov.uk/elections

The Elections Teams can also be contacted:

• North Devon District Council 01271 388277 elections@northdevon.gov.uk
• Torridge District Council 01237 428739  elections@torridge.gov.uk

General information about voting and elections is also available at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

2 comments on “Make sure you’re ready to vote for the next Police and Crime Commissioner

  1. Holly says:

    Hi Robin

    Thank you for your comment. Information about who is standing will be available from around 13 April when candidate statements will be published. More information about the PCC and other elections can be found on our website http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/elections

    Kind regards

    Holly

  2. robin mealing says:

    Who are the candidates apart from Hogg (living high on) ?

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