Register to vote for police and crime commissioner elections


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Time is ticking for residents in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to sign up to vote in the police and crime commissioner elections.

Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 5, to elect a police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Devon and Cornwall.

The PCC oversees the running of local police forces, including appointing the chief constable, setting the local budget and deciding what the priorities should be for the police in their area.

John Street, the police area returning officer for Devon and Cornwall, said: “May 5th will see almost 1.3 million voters across the Devon and Cornwall Police Force area choose a new Police and Crime Commissioner.

“There will be almost 1,400 polling stations open on the day between 7am and 10pm, so there won’t be one very far away from your home which will allow you to cast your vote.

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“Only people who are registered can take part in this election, so I am urging people living in Devon and Cornwall to make sure they are registered to vote, so they don’t miss out on having their say on polling day.”

The deadline for registration is Monday, April 18.

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To register online, residents will need their date of birth and national insurance number when visiting

Voters can still apply using a paper form, which can be downloaded from the registration site or be requested from East Devon District Council.

To register for a form call (EDDC) on 01395 517402.

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