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Deadlines this week ahead of North Yorkshire Police Commissioner election

Residents in Skipton and Craven who want to vote in the election for a new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner later this month need to ensure they're registered to vote.

Residents across North Yorkshire go to the polls on 25th November to elect a replacement for Philip Allott, who resigned from the role in October after just 5 months.

The Police Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) is an elected representative who oversees the North Yorkshire police force and fire service area.

There are five candidates to pick from:

  • Hannah Barham-Brown (Women's Equality Party)
  • James Barker (Liberal Democrats)
  • Zoe Metcalfe (Conservative Party)
  • Emma Scott-Spivey (Labour Party)
  • Keith Graham Tordoff (Independent)

You can read more about them at choosemypcc.org.uk/area/north-yorkshire.

Paul Shevlin, local Returning Officer for Craven said: “Polling cards will be arriving shortly, and I urge all our residents to take this opportunity to have their say on who is elected to this role. 

“Covid remains an important consideration and we’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station such as hand sanitiser and face masks. Residents should be reassured that voting in these elections will take place in a Covid-safe environment.”

There will be additional provisions at polling stations in order to make them Covid secure for voters and staff. Polling station staff will be issued with additional safety equipment such as screens, masks and hand sanitiser. Social distancing and mask wearing will be encouraged, and some additional signage will also be in place to guide voters around the polling stations in a safe manner. If you have Covid symptoms you should not visit a polling station.

The deadline to register to vote in this election is Tuesday 9 November 2021. You can register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote 

The deadline to apply to vote by post is 5.00pm, Wednesday 10 November 2021. To apply to vote by proxy, the deadline is 5.00pm, Wednesday 17 November 2021. You can download the forms to apply for these at cravendc.gov.uk/elections-voting-democracy/police-fire-and-crime-commissioner-by-election-25th-november-2021/

There are provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if needed because of work, medical or reasons relating to Covid-19. If this applies to you there is a form to download on the Craven District Council website using the above link or you should contact the Electoral Registration Team by calling 01756 700600.

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected using the supplementary voting system. Voting is by way of a simple majority system unless there are three or more candidates. If there are three or more candidates, then the Commissioner will be returned under the supplementary vote system.

Under the supplementary vote system, a voter is asked to indicate first and second preferences, if no candidate has 50 per cent of the first preference votes, the two candidates with the highest number of first preference votes go forward to a second round and the rest of the candidates are eliminated.

In the second round of counting ballots, the second preference votes of the eliminated candidates are counted and reallocated to the top two candidates depending on the vote.

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