Be ready to vote in the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner Election

Published on 22nd October 2012

Thursday 15 November is the day an election takes place across Gloucestershire for a Police and Crime Commissioner (along with 40 other police areas in England and Wales).

It will be the first time electors in Gloucestershire can vote for an individual to represent them on policing and community safety matters.

Around half a million people in Gloucestershire will be eligible to vote, but to do so you must be on the electoral register. The new register, following the recent canvass, was published on 16 October. If you have recently moved home, do check with Cheltenham Borough Council’s Elections Team that you are on the register at your new property. The last date for registration is 31 October.

As with other elections, you will be able to vote in person, by post or by proxy. If you want a postal or proxy vote, make sure you have told the Elections Team:

•    The deadline to request a postal vote, or to change an existing postal or proxy vote arrangement, is 5pm on Wednesday 31 October.
•    The deadline to request a new proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 7 November.

What’s also different this time is the ballot paper, and the way you can vote. The ballot paper will list the candidates, and next to that list there will be two columns. You will be able to vote for your first-choice candidate in the first column and your second-choice candidate in the second column. You must not put more than one mark (a cross or a tick) in each column. Polling station staff will remind you on the day, and postal voters will have detailed instructions in their pack.

To help everyone understand the voting system and what the election is all about, the Electoral Commission is posting a booklet to every household in Gloucestershire. This will start arriving on doormats from 22 October. A copy of the booklet, and an explanation of the voting system, is also available at the 'about my vote' website. Alternative formats are available by telephoning 0800 3 280 280 (free from landlines, mobile phone charges apply).

Voting in person takes place on Thursday 15 November, between 7am and 10pm, in over 460 polling stations across Gloucestershire. Your poll card will give details of your polling station (poll cards are currently being despatched and should be with you by Wednesday 24 October). If you have a postal vote, you will receive your ballot paper pack from 3 November onwards.

The election is being conducted on a county-wide basis, and the area returning officer is David Hagg, of Stroud District Council. He is supported by local returning officers from the six district/borough areas, and Andrew North is the local returning officer for Cheltenham Borough Council.

For more information, contact the elections office either by telephone: 01242 264132, fax: 01242 264120 or email, or visit Stroud District Council's website and click on the link for The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections.

For press enquiries, contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email