Police and Crime Commissioner elections

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When do these elections take place?

The election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire normally takes place every four years. 

The last election took place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

Lincolnshire Declaration of results of poll [pdf / 68 KB]

West Lindsey Declaration of results of poll [pdf / 71 KB]

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Who can vote at a Police and Crime Commissioner election?

To vote at a Police and Crime Commissioner election you must be registered to vote and: 

  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (polling day)
  • be a British, Irish, qualifying Commonwealth or EU citizen
  • be resident at an address in England or Wales
  • not be legally excluded from voting

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How is a Police and Crime Commissioner elected?

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected using the First Past the Post system, where the candidate that receives the most votes across the whole of the voting area (eg county of Lincolnshire) is elected. 

One local authority for each Police Force Area will be designated as the Police Area Returning Officer and will have the overall responsibility for the administration of the election for that area. This is the City of Lincoln Council.

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What does a Police and Crime Commissioner do?

Further information about this role is available on the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner's website and Lincolnshire Police & Crime Commissioner's website.

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Further information

At the time of an election more detailed information for voters, candidates and agents, including the election timetable will be on this page.

Lincolnshire Declaration of results of poll [pdf / 68 KB]

West Lindsey Declaration of results of poll [pdf / 71 KB]

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Upcoming Election on Thursday 2 May 2024

A Police and Crime Commissioner election is to be held on Thursday 2 May 2024. Polling stations across the West Lindsey area will open at 7am and close at 10pm to elect the commissioner for Lincolnshire.

City of Lincoln Council has been appointed as the Police Area Returning Officer for the Lincolnshire area and will be responsible for the overall conduct of the election, and for the collation and declaration of the election results.

Lincolnshire Declaration of results of poll [pdf / 68 KB]

West Lindsey Declaration of results of poll [pdf / 71 KB]

If you are interested in standing as candidate and would like some advice for information, please contact City of Lincoln Electoral Services via email on electoral@lincoln.gov.uk or visit the City of Lincoln's Police and Crime Commissioner Elections page.

To view details of the candidates and how to contact them once they have declared their intention to stand, visit the Choose my Police and Crime Commissioner website.

Key election dates

Candidate deadline to submit nominations

The deadline by which prospective candidates must submit nomination papers to the Police Area Returning Officer at City of Lincoln Council is 4pm on Friday 5 April 2024.

Register to vote

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 16 April 2024. You can register to vote at GOV.UK's Register to vote page.

Apply to vote by post

The deadline for receipt of new applications to vote by post is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024. This deadline is also for cancellations and amendments of all current postal and proxy votes. You can apply for a postal vote at GOV.UK's Apply for a postal vote page.

Apply to vote by proxy

The deadline for receipt of new applications to vote by proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024. You can apply online for some forms of proxy vote, including for a specific election at GOV.UK's Apply for a proxy vote page.

For more information about voting by proxy, please see our Proxy voting page.

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

The deadline for receipt of applications for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024. You can apply for a photo ID to vote at GOV.UK's Apply for a photo ID to vote page.

For more information about photo ID at elections and Voter Authority Certificates, please see our Voter ID at elections and Voter Authority Certificate pages.

Polling day

Polling day is Thursday 2 May 2024, from 7am to 10pm.

Information for voters

Poll cards

Poll cards will be issued to all registered voters as soon as possible after the Notice of Election has been published in March.

If you have not received a card by early April, it may mean you are not registered. If you have moved in the last few months you need to ensure you have re-registered at your new address.

If you have not received a poll card, or if you are not sure if you are registered to vote at your current addres, please contact us on 01427 676576 or email us at ereg@west-lindsey.gov.uk.

Postal votes

If you usually receive a postal vote, you will receive a postal poll card before the postal vote pack.

Post votes will be issued as soon as possible after the closing of nominations, and are sent by first class post. Please note that if you apply close to the postal vote deadline your postal vote pack may not be posted until the Friday before polling week.

For more information regarding postal voting, please see our Postal voting page.

If you choose to hand deliver any postal vote, including your own, to a polling station or the Guildhall in Gainsborough,you will be required to complete a postal vote return form. Any postal votes delivered without the completed postal vote return form will be rejected.

Postal votes can be accepted at our office at the Guildhall only during office opening hours.

Do not put any postal votes through our office's letterbox as they will be rejected.

Proxy voting

If you have appointed a proxy to vote on your behalf at your allocated polling station, your proxy will be sent a poll card. They will need to show their own photo ID at the polling station, not yours.

Voting in person

Your poll card will tell you which polling station you need to go to.

Voter ID in polling stations

All voters at polling stations will need to show an accepted form of photographic identification (photo ID) in order to cast their vote. For more information please see our Voter ID at elections page.

If you do not have any of the accepted forms of ID, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate at GOV.UK's Apply for photo ID to vote page. A Voter Authority Certificate is a free photographic identification document specific for the purposes of voting.

Accessible voting

For information and further resources about accessibility when voting please see our Accessible voting page.

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