Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner election - 6 May 2021
Police and Crime Commissioners are elected every four years.
Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Surrey Police Area that would have taken place on 7 May 2020 was postponed until 6 May 2021.
Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for setting the strategic objectives for policing in Surrey.
This includes setting and updating a police and crime plan, setting the force budget and precept, and appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable. The Police and Crime Panel will play a key role in scrutinising decisions made by the Commissioner in connection with these responsibilities.
These arrangements are designed to increase transparency of the delivery of policing services and to give the public the ability to ensure their police are accountable. In this way, the Chief Constable of Surrey Police is accountable to the Commissioner and the Commissioner is accountable to the electorate.
You can find further information on the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates standing for election in the Surrey Police Area on the Choose My PCC website after 9 April 2021.
The Voting System
The PCC elections will be using Supplementary Vote (SV) system. Under SV, there are two columns on the ballot paper - one for voters to mark their first choice and one in which to mark a second choice. Voters mark 'X' in each column, although voters are not required to make a second choice if they do not wish to.
After the first-choice votes are counted, if one Candidate has a majority, that is over 50% of the votes cast, that Candidate is elected. If no Candidate receives a majority, the top two Candidates continue to a second round and all other Candidates are eliminated. The second-choice votes of everyone whose first choice has been eliminated are then counted.
Any votes for the remaining Candidates are then added to their first-round totals. Whichever Candidate has the most votes after these second preferences have been allocated is declared the winner.
Surrey Police and Crime Panel
The role of the Surrey Police and Crime Panel is to examine the actions and decisions of Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner and to make sure information is available for the public so that they can hold their Commissioner to account.
The Panel is a joint committee hosted by Surrey County Council and consists of one elected councillor from each of Surrey's eleven local authorities and two co-opted independent members.
How to become a candidate
If you are interested in standing as a candidate at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections to be held on 6 May 2021 please visit the Police Area Returning Officer's webpage for further information.
Register to vote
To vote in elections you must be registered to vote. The deadline for registering to vote in the Parish Council By- Elections is 23:59 on Monday 19 April 2021.
Applications to vote by post or change/cancel an existing postal or proxy vote must be received by 5pm Tuesday 20 April 2021. We would advise that you submit your application as early as possible if you are planning to vote by post.
New applications to vote by proxy must be received by 5pm Tuesday 27 April 2021.
If you are registered and eligible to vote in these elections, you will receive a poll card around the first week of April informing you where your polling station is or, if you've applied for a postal vote, when you can expect to receive your postal voting pack.
If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote you can call the elections helpline number on 01483 444115.
You can find out more about voting in Parish Council elections and all other elections being held on 6 May 2021 at The Electoral Commission.