Cast YOUR vote for your local Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
Written by Martin Steers on April 27, 2021
On Thursday, 6 May residents in North Northamptonshire will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at the 2021 local elections and Police and Crime Commissioner election.
Voting in the Northants Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner election is slightly different to voting in the local elections.
Rob Bridge, Electoral Registration Officer for North Northamptonshire Council, explains:
“The local government elections work on the first past the post system where each voter votes for their preferred candidate or where more than one candidate is able to be elected, their preferred candidates.
“For the Northants Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner election, a supplementary vote system is used, and voters get two votes on the ballot paper. They should indicate who their 1st choice candidate is by placing a cross opposite their name in column 1 and then indicate who their 2nd choice is by putting a cross opposite the candidate’s name in column 2. People can vote using only their first choice if they wish to.
“For the neighbourhood planning referendum, which is for Ecton and for Gretton only, the ballot paper includes a question, and the elector has one vote and they should choose either yes or no in answer to the question.
“The ballot papers include clear instructions so remind yourself of how you can vote before putting your cross in the box.”
For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May. Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:
- Wearing a face covering
- Bringing their own pen or pencil
- Cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
- Keeping a safe distance
Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. There will be provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.
Voters can cast their ballot in person or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is TODAY at 5pm.
Find out more about the elections and applying for a proxy vote at https://www.northnorthants.gov.uk/councillors-and-democracy/elections-2021