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Police and Crime Commissioner and Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayoral Elections - 2 May 2024

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)

The PCC oversees the running of local police services and holds the Chief Constable to account on behalf of local people. The role involves:

  • Representing and engaging with all those who live and work in the force area
  • Setting the police and crime objectives for the area through a police, crime and victims plan
  • Setting the force budget and determining the local policing precept
  • Appointing the Chief Constable
  • Contributing to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary
  • Securing the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force for the area and
  • Publishing an annual report

PCC's may stand for a political party, however, they are expected to represent all the people in their area impartially and are required to swear an 'Oath of Impartiality' before taking office.

The election will be co-ordinated across County Durham by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO), who is based at Durham County Council [external link] however local arrangements for Darlington will be delegated to the Local Returning Officer. 

Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayor (TVCA)

The TVCA was created in April 2016 and is a partnership of five authorities, namely Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

The election will be co-ordinated across the Tees Valley area by the Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO), who is based at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council [external link], however local arrangements for Darlington will be delegated to the Local Returning Officer.

All residents who are registered and eligible to vote at the TVCA Mayoral Election will receive a booklet on the role of the Mayor in advance of the election.

Elections Act 2022

The Elections Act 2022 brings a number of changes, such as the need for voters to provide photographic ID.  For more information see our Elections Act 2022 page.

To be able to vote in the elections you must be registered to vote.  If you are not already registered, you can do so online.

Register to vote [external link]

How to vote

You can vote in these elections either:

  • In person at the polling station you will be required to show photographic identification (ID).
  • By post, how toapply for a postal vote [external link]
  • By proxy (someone voting on your behalf), how to apply for a proxy vote [external link].

What photographic ID will be accepted?

Gov.uk has a full list of accepted photo ID [external link].

What if I don't have an accepted form of ID?

If you do not have any of the accepted photo ID, and you want to vote at a polling station, you will need to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) or your can apply to vote by post.

 Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate [external link].

Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form. 

If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request an application form, contact [email protected] or call 01325 406444.

For more information on Voter ID and applying for a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) see our Elections Act 2022 page or the Voter ID - Your Guide [pdf document].

Deadlines for registering, applying for a postal or proxy vote, applying Voter Authority Certificate, publication of notices, etc., are included in the timetable below.

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Timetable

Date  Description

 

  • Tuesday 19 March 2024
  • Friday 22 March 2024

Publication of Notice of Election

  • Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayoral
  • Police and Crime Commission for the Durham Police Area
Friday 22 March 2024 Delivery of Poll Cards (for those electors registered prior to 12 March 2024)
4.00 pm Friday 4 April 2024 Delivery of Nomination Papers (Note - Nomination Papers should be submitted to the PARO at Durham County Council [external link] in relation to the PCC Election and to the CARO at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council [external link] in relation to the Combined Authority Mayoral Election
4.00 pm Friday 5 April 2024 Publication of Notice of Election Agents
4.00 pm Monday 8 April 2024 Publication of Statement of Persons Nominated
Tuesday 16 April 2024 Deadline for receipt of new applications to register to vote [external link]
5.00 pm Wednesday 17 April 2024 Deadline to apply for a postal vote [external link] or postal proxy, and for changes to existing postal and proxy arrangements
5.00 pm Wednesday 17 April 2024 Deadline to apply for a voter authority certificate [external link]
Wednesday 24 April 2024

Publication of Notice of Poll

  • Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayoral
  • Police and Crime Commission for the Durham Police Area
5.00 pm Wednesday 24 April 2024 Deadline to apply for a proxy vote [external link]
Thursday 25 April 2024 Deadline for notification of appointment of Poll and Count Agents
Friday 26 April 2024 First day to issue replacements for lost postal ballot papers
5.00 pm Thursday 2 May 2024 Deadline for receipt of Emergency Proxy Applications
7.00 am to 10 pm Thursday 2 May 2024 Day of Poll
  Return of Election Expenses

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