Elections in 2021
An election for the next Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) was due to be held on Thursday 7 May 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This election will now be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.
PFCCs are elected every four years and are elected representatives who oversee a police force and fire service area. There will be one PFCC elected for all of North Yorkshire. The national candidates' website for PFCC candidates is www.choosemypcc.org.uk and the helpline is 0808 1986 2170.
On the same day there will also be by-elections for the Camblesforth and Carlton District Ward, and for the Church Fenton and Sherburn in Elmet Parish Councils.
Elections for North Yorkshire County Councillors that had been expected to also take place in 2021 have now been deferred until 2022.
Candidates and Agents Briefings
We will be holding a briefing for candidates and agents for local elections taking place in the area on Thursday 4 March 2021 at 5pm. This briefing will be for the following elections:
- Camblesforth and Carlton Ward By-Election
- Church Fenton and Sherburn in Elmet Parish Elections
The briefing will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams; if you wish to attend, please email email@example.com and we will send you the link for the meeting.
A separate briefing will be held for candidates and agents for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Elections at 5.00pm on Wednesday 3 March 2021, again via Microsoft Teams. This briefing will explain various processes such as nominations, polling and the count. If you would like to attend, please also email firstname.lastname@example.org and a link to the meeting will be sent out to you.
Covid-19 and the Election
Due to Covid-19 and the ongoing restrictions, the elections this year will require additional provisions to make polling stations safe for voters and staff. Risk assessments are being undertaken and a number of measures will be implemented to ensure everyone's safety. Staff will be issued with safety equipment such as screens, hand sanitizer, gloves, masks, additional signage and cleaning products to keep the polling station clean throughout the day. There may be a limit to the number of voters that can enter a station at any one time, one-way systems will need to be implemented, social distancing will be in force and voters will be required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth in polling stations (unless exempt). Voters will also be encouraged to bring their own pencil or pen with them, but we will still be providing pencils as usual. The safety of voters and staff is very important to us - training will be delivered to all staff on best practice for delivering a Covid secure election.
Notice of Election - by 15 March 2021
Appointment and Notice of Election Agents - by 8 April 2021
Receipt of Nominations and Withdrawal of Candidates - by 8 April 2021
Statement of Persons Nominated - by 9 April 2021
Last date for Registration - by 19 April 2021
Receipt of Postal Vote Applications - by 20 April 2021
Receipt of Proxy Applications - by 27 April 2021
Notice of Poll - by 27 April 2021
Appointment of Polling and Counting Agents - by 28 April 2021
First Date to Reissue Lost or Spoilt Postal Vote Packs - 29 April 2021
Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications - by 5pm 6 May 2021 (Polling Day)
Return of Election Expenses - by 16 July 2021
Absent Voting (Postal and Proxy Votes)
It's never too early to apply for an absent vote for the forthcoming elections - you can do so by filling in a postal vote application form and sending it to the Council's Electoral Registration Team. Completed application forms must reach the Electoral Registration Team by 5.00pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
To apply to vote by proxy in these elections, completed proxy application forms must reach the Electoral Registration Team by 5.00pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021. If after this date you are unable to vote in person due to medical or work reasons, you can apply for an emergency proxy; to arrange an emergency proxy, please contact the Electoral Registration Team directly via the contact details below. The deadline for emergency proxy applications is 5.00pm on polling day, Thursday 6 May 2021.
The best way to contact the Electoral Registration Team is by email at email@example.com or by calling 01757 705101.