To vote in next month’s (6 May) Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election, residents must register to vote by midnight, 19 April. If you have recently moved or have never registered, please go to Register to Vote. You do not need to re-register for each election.
The PCC election was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, a great deal of work and thought has gone into ensuring this is a COVID-secure election. Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) said voters will be able to exercise their right to vote in a free and safe manner.
It added that all polling stations across the county have been risk assessed to ensure social distancing wherever possible. All measures possible will be in place to minimise the risk of transmission of infection.
Regular sanitisation, face masks, hand sanitiser, social distancing, and ventilation measures, will all be in place at polling venues.
Government guidance encourages electors to wear a mask and take their own pencil to vote, although pencils and masks will be available for anyone who needs one.
Marcel Coiffait, returning officer for Central Bedfordshire Council, said:
“PCC elections give the public a chance to choose someone to hold their local police force to account. They are an important part of the workings of local democracy and I encourage everyone eligible to vote and use this opportunity to influence policing in the county for the next four years.
“Please be reassured that we are doing all we can, for anyone who turns up in person vote, to keep them safe. All of our polling stations will be Covid-secure and operate under the strictest of guidelines so everyone can take part in these important elections.”
Also on 6 May 2021 there will be a by-election for councillors in:
- Flitwick (East)
- Houghton Regis (Parkside and Tithe Farm)
- Leighton Buzzard (St George’s)
More information on these elections can be found on the CBC website.
These are only open to voters living in those wards. There will also be a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum in the Flitton, Greenfield and Pulloxhill Area.
To further reduce the risks of COVID-19, CBC is encouraging electors to apply for a postal vote for the elections taking place this year. Completed applications for a postal vote must be received by 5pm on 20 April. You can download a from from Voting by Post or by calling 0300 300 8008.
You must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April 2021.