Elections 2021 – County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Please make sure you read our voting safely information when placing your vote in the up-coming elections.

The following elections will take place on Thursday 6th May 2021:

There will be a number of by-elections taking place on the same date.

Declaration of result

County Council Elections: 6 May 2021

Notice of election

Police and Crime Commissioner

The www.choosemypcc.org.uk website is now up and running where you can see the Derbyshire PCC Candidates.

You can find more information on this election on the Derby City Council website and the Choose My PCC website.

District

Parish

Key dates

  • Publication of Notice of Election: Friday 26th March 2021
  • Deadline for new postal vote and postal proxy applications and any amendments or cancellations to existing postal or proxy vote arrangements: 5pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021
  • Deadline for new applications to vote by proxy: 5pm on Tuesday 27th April 2021
  • Polling day: 7am until 10pm on Thursday 6 May 2021

County Council Elections

County Council elections are your chance to have your say in who will represent your local area (division). There are 7 county divisions in North East Derbyshire district area and are represented by one County Councillor, except for Eckington and Killamarsh which is represented by two County Councillors. The remaining six county divisions are Clay Cross South, Clay Cross North, Dronfield East, Dronfield West and Walton, Sutton and Wingerworth & Shirland.

Briefings for prospective Candidates and Agents for the forthcoming elections to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021 will take place at:

  • 6:00pm on Tuesday 2 March 2021
  • 6:00pm on Thursday 4 March 2021

The briefing sessions will be held via Zoom.

The session will cover the nomination process, issue of poll cards, registering to vote, postal voting and deadlines.

If you are interested in attending or require further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating which briefing session you wish to attend.

Further guidance for prospective candidates and agents can be found on the Electoral Commission website - local elections.

Police and Crime Commissioner Election

An election is usually held every four years for the Police and Crime Commissioner across the whole of Derbyshire. The PCC has responsibility for policing in the Derbyshire Police area. Information about the role can be found on the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners website.

Supplementary Voting System

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections use the Supplementary Vote (SV) system. The ballot paper will list the PCC candidates, with two columns for marking your first choice and second choice.

  1. In the first column, you mark a cross next to the candidate who is your first choice. For your vote to be counted, you need to cast a first choice vote.
  2. In the second column, you can mark a cross next to the candidate who is your second choice. You don’t have to mark a second choice.

If only two candidates stand, the election will use the first-past-the-post system and you may only vote for one candidate.

Voting safely at the 2021 elections

There are several ways to have your say in these elections. You can vote:

  • in person at a polling station
  • by post
  • by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

We’ll be putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station. You can expect to see measures you’ve become used to in shops and supermarkets over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.

Register to vote

However you choose to vote, you must be registered. The quickest and easiest way is to register to vote online. You will need your National Insurance number when you register.

Postal voting

If you’re thinking about voting by post, you need to apply separately by downloading a form from the Electoral Commission website.

You can apply any time after you have registered to vote. Applying earlier helps us process your application in good time and send your postal vote to you sooner.

Once you’ve downloaded, printed and completed the form you can email the form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or post it to us.

If you are unable to print the form, we can send you a form in the post. We can’t accept forms with missing, typed or digitised signatures.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for these elections is 5pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021. This is also the deadline to cancel or amend your existing postal vote arrangements.

Completed postal vote ballot packs must reach us no later than 10pm on polling day, Thursday 6 May 2020.

When will I receive my postal vote?

For existing postal voters and any new applications received by us by Monday 29th March 2021, your postal vote will be despatched on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

For any new postal vote applications received by us by 5pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021, your postal vote will be despatched on Monday 26 April 2021.

Proxy voting

Proxy voting means that if you can’t cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you.
The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if:

  • they are 18 or over and;
  • they are (or will be) registered for that election or referendum

A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election unless they are a close relative.

To request a proxy vote application form, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for cancellation or amendment of an existing proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

The deadline for applications for a new proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27th April 2021.

Your vote is yours alone

Your vote belongs to you. Whether you vote at a polling station, by post, or via a proxy, it’s your decision. It’s illegal for anyone to influence you to vote against your will.

Briefings

Briefings for prospective Candidates and Agents for the forthcoming elections to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021 will take place at:

  • 6:00pm on Tuesday 2 March 2021
  • 6:00pm on Thursday 4 March 2021.

The briefing sessions will be held via Zoom.

The session will cover the nomination process, issue of poll cards, registering to vote, postal voting and deadlines.

If you are interested in attending or require further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. indicating which briefing session you wish to attend.

Further guidance for prospective candidates and agents can be found on the Electoral Commission website - local elections

Any questions?

If you have a question about elections and voting please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or telephone 01246 217069 or 01246 217068.