Summary

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) make sure that the local police in their area are meeting the needs of the community.

There are 41 areas across England and Wales with a PCC. Each area has one commissioner.

Who can vote in these elections

If you are eligible to vote and are registered to vote in an area that has a PCC, you can vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

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Voting in these elections

The UK Government has postponed the elections scheduled for 7 May 2020 due to the current and emerging situation around COVID-19. Read our statement

Voting in these elections

Elections for PCCs take place every four years.

Police and Crime Commissioner elections use the Supplementary Vote (SV) system.

The ballot paper will list the PCC candidates, with two columns for marking your first choice and second choice.

In the first column, you mark a cross next to the candidate who is your first choice. For your vote to be counted, you need to cast a first choice vote.

In the second column, you can mark a cross next to the candidate who is your second choice. You don’t have to mark a second choice.

If only two candidates stand in your area, the election will use the first-past-the-post system. You can only vote for one candidate, by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice.

Last updated: 6 April 2020
Next review: 11 September 2020