Police & Crime Commissioner and Derbyshire County Council elections 2021
Police & Crime Commissioner and Derbyshire County Council elections
6 May 2021
A combined election is to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021, where residents within the Chesterfield borough have the opportunity to vote for the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner and also vote in the Derbyshire County Council election.
Register to vote
If you aren't already registered to vote, the last date to register and be eligible to vote in this election is Monday 19 April 2021.
For more information on how to register to vote visit 'Registering to vote'.
Voting by post
Last day to apply for a postal vote or to make changes to an existing absent vote is by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
More information on how to register for a postal vote.
Voting by proxy
Last date to apply for a proxy vote is by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.
More information on how to register for a proxy vote.
Police and Crime Commisioner election information
You can find more information on this election on the Derby City Council website.
Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) must:
- secure an efficient and effective police for their area
- appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force and if necessary dismiss them
- set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan
- set the force budget and determine the precept
- contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set up by the Home Secretary
- bring together community safety and criminal justice partners to make sure local priorities are joined up
Derbyshire County Council election information
Elections for all 64 county councillors in Derbyshire will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. Chesterfield Borough Council will administer elections for the 9 county council seats in the Borough of Chesterfield.
These elections use the first past the post voting system. Voters cast their vote for a candidate of their choice and the candidate with the most votes wins.
How can I stand as a candidate in the DCC Election?
You must be:
At least 18 years old
A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and
Meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
(i) You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards
(ii) You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
(iii) Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the local authority area
(iv) You have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
Further information on becoming a candidate for this election is available on the Electoral Commission website.
Huw Bowen, the Deputy Returning Officer will be hosting an online event for any prospective candidates intending to stand at the forthcoming election and their agents. The briefing will be held at 5pm on Thursday 11 March 2021 and will cover the nomination process, issue of poll cards, registering to vote, postal voting and deadlines. The briefing will take place virtually using Microsoft Teams, please contact us by email if you are interested in attending the briefing. Guidance for candidates and agents is available from the Electoral Commission website.
How can I vote in the Derbyshire County Council Election?
To vote on Thursday 6 May 2021 you must be registered on the electoral roll or have applied to register by Monday 19 April 2021. You can apply online to register to vote; you will need to provide your National Insurance Number and date of birth. You can also apply to register to vote by contacting us on (01246) 936859 /(01246) 936860.
If you want to vote by post, you must be registered to vote, and we must receive your completed postal vote application form by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.
If you want to vote by proxy, you must be registered to vote, and we must receive your completed proxy vote application form by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.
Postal vote applications forms are available here: Application to vote by post form - PDF - GOV.UK
Proxy vote applications forms are available here: Proxy voting application forms - GOV.UK
Measures at polling stations may include:
Separate entrances and exits where possible
Altered layouts to allow for social distancing when waiting to vote and when completing a ballot paper, but still ensuring electors can cast their vote in secret
Polling station staff wearing PPE
Perspex screens between polling staff and voters
Voters to wear face covering where possible and use hand sanitiser when they enter and leave the polling station
Voters encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil
Polling booths regularly sanitised
These measures may mean electors have to wait for longer than usual to be able to cast their vote.
Busy times in polling stations often include 7am to 9.30am, lunchtime, 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8pm.
Trying to avoid these peak times may mean voters have to wait for a shorter period of time. Anyone queueing to vote at a polling station by 10pm will still be able to vote.
This page will be updated as we move through the election process and further information will appear here in due course.