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Police and Crime Commissioner elections 2021

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections was postponed last year due to the coronavirus. An election to appoint a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Leicestershire and Rutland will now take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

To find out about the role of a Police and Crime Commissioner please visit the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner webpage.

Prospective candidate briefing

The Police Area Returning Officer for Leicestershire will be hosting a virtual event in March for prospective candidates. Further details on the event can be found on the North West Leicestershire District Council website

There are a number of ways to have your say for the Thursday 6 May elections - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. 

We are putting arrangements 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.

You can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead if you wish.

 Measures at polling stations may include:

  • Separate entrances and exits where possible
  • Altered layouts to allow for social distancing when waiting to vote and when completing a ballot paper, but still ensuring electors can cast their vote in secret
  • Polling station staff wearing PPE
  • Voters asked to wear face covering where possible and use hand sanitiser when they enter the polling station
  • Voters encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil
  • Polling booths regularly sanitised.

These measures may mean electors have to wait for longer than usual to be able to cast their vote. Busy times in polling stations often include 7am to 9.30am, lunchtime, 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8pm. Trying to avoid these peak times may mean voters have to wait for a shorter period of time. Anyone queuing to vote at a polling station by 10pm will still be able to vote.

This page will be updated as we move through the election process and further information will appear here in due course.

Will I need to bring my own pen/pencil?

It won’t be essential to bring your own pen or pencil but we would encourage you to do so.

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.

You do have different options for voting at the May 2021 elections – you can vote in person, by post or by proxy. Find out how to vote by post or by proxy

Visit the Leicestershire Police & Crime Commissioner webpage for further information.

Any decision to postpone the polls would be for the government to make and would be subject to parliamentary approval.