Elections in 2021
An election for the next Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) was 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 were also be by-elections for the Camblesforth and Carlton District Ward, and for Church Fenton Parish Council.
Elections for North Yorkshire County Councillors that had been expected to also take place in 2021 have now been deferred until 2022.
All the relevant notices for the elections are published online here; please see below.
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Election
Camblesforth and Carlton Ward by-election
Church Fenton Parish by-election
Sherburn in Elmet Parish by-election
Candidate Election Address for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Election
Candidates in the PFCC Election for North Yorkshire can wrote and published online an election address. An election address is a campaign statement that a candidate makes to persuade electors to vote for them. These are available online here.
Supplementary Voting and How to Vote
Find out about Supplementary Voting, which is the system by which the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election was counted.
The Electoral Commission with Mencap have produced an easy read guide to Voting in the May 2021 PFCC and local elections. You can view this here.
There is also a guide that has been produced in conjunction with the RNIB, which is available here.
Candidates and Agents
The Electoral Commission's resources and guidance is available online; candidates and agents are strongly encouraged to make use of the guidance. Links to the appropriate sections are set out below:
Election Expenses Forms
Published below are the expenses forms that candidates and agents need after the elections. These forms were also part of the nomination packs.
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Election
Guidance on how to complete election expenses (the deadline for which is Friday 16 July 2021), can be found on the Electoral Commission's website here: PCC Elections Candidate return explanatory notes.pdf (electoralcommission.org.uk)
Local and Parish By Elections
Covid-19 and the Election
Due to Covid-19 and the ongoing restrictions, the elections required additional provisions to make polling stations safe for voters and staff. Risk assessments were being undertaken and a number of measures implemented to ensure everyone's safety. Staff were 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 have been a limit to the number of voters that could enter a station at any one time, one-way systems may have been implemented, social distancing was in force and voters were required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth in polling stations (unless exempt). Voters were also be encouraged to bring their own pencil or pen with them, but we were still provided with pencils as usual if needed. The safety of voters and staff was and still is very important to us - training was delivered to all staff on best practice for delivering a Covid secure election.
To find out where your polling station was, please check your poll card or please enter your post code on the Democracy Club Polling Station Finder.
Publication of Notice of Election - 15 March 2021
Appointment and Notice of Election Agents - by 8 April 2021 - deadline now passed
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 - Emergency Proxies
The deadlines to apply for a postal or proxy vote for the May 2021 elections has now passed. However, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote if you both:
- cannot vote in person because of your employment or a disability; or
- became aware of this reason after the proxy deadline.
Your application form for an emergency proxy must be received by us by 5pm on Thursday 6 May 2021 (polling day). The application forms can be downloaded below:
An 'appropriate person' (for example, your employer or a doctor) must sign the application form.
Rather than posting the completed form, please send it via email to email@example.com
You can also apply for an emergency proxy vote if you or your proxy need to self-isolate because of Covid-19 - use this application form.
Royal Mail Priority Post Boxes
Royal Mail has 35,000 Priority Post Boxes, these boxes have late collection times, with 98% of the having a collection time of after 16.00. In many cases these Priority Post Boxes will also have an earlier collection as well.
Of the 35,000 Priority Post Boxes 15,000 of them also have a collection between 15.00 and 17.00 on both Saturday and Sunday.
These Priority Post Boxes were introduced to help with the collection and onward delivery of Covid Test Kits, but as Elections are also a priority mailing we would like you to be able to promote / offer voters the use of this enhanced collection service.
Please visit www.royalmail.com/priority-postboxes to find the priority box in your area.
The best way to contact the Electoral Registration Team is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01757 705101.