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Police and Crime Commissioner , Tees Valley Combined Authority & Borough By Election

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:

  • Securing an efficient and effective police service within their area
  • Setting the local budget, and raising the local policing precept from Council Tax
  • Deciding what the key priorities should be for the police in their area, and publishing a Police and Crime Plan that reflects this
  • The appointment, suspension and dismissal of the Chief Constable 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, however local arrangements for Darlington will be delegated to the Local Returning Officer. More details can be found on the Police and Crime Commissioner website [externa link] 

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, 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.

Further information on the TVCAM elections can be found on the Tees Valley Combined Authority Returning Officer website [external link].

Darlington Borough Council By Elections

By Elections to fill the vacancies in the Office of Councillor for the Red Hall and Lingfield and the Hummersknott Wards, following the resignation of Councillors Sam Howarth and Paul Howell respectively, will also be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

A copy of the Nomination Pack is available here [pdf document] or can be obtained from the Elections Office, Town Hall, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QT, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).  Appointments will need to meade by telephoning 01325 405803 to make to collect a pack.  Further information and guidance on standing as a candidate can be found on the Electoral Commission's website.

Election timetable and notices

The Election Timetable for all the elections and the various notices can be found here.

Polling stations

Please be assured that polling stations will be safe places in which to vote, and you will see many of the covid-secure measures that you might see at supermarkets, banks, or similar. Social distancing will be encouraged, and staff and electors will be expected to wear a face covering, unless medically exempt.

Sanitising stations will be available, and regular cleaning of polling booths will take place throughout the day. Here is an up to date list polling stations [pdf document]

Register to vote

If you’re already registered to vote, you will be sent a polling card on or around the 26 March. If you are not currently registered, you must do so before Monday, 19 April 2021, to be able to vote in these elections.

Register to vote [external link], it takes just a few minutes and you will need your National Insurance Number.

Voting by post

Whilst arrangements are being made to ensure that Polling Stations will be Covid-secure on polling day, many may feel more comfortable voting by post.

To apply, please contact the Elections Team for an application form, or alternatively download the voting by post application form[pdf document]. If you wish to vote by post at these elections you must apply by 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April 2021.

When you come to post your Postal Vote back to us, it is useful to know that the Royal Mail have 35,000 'Priority Post Boxes', which have late collection times (generally after 16:00), and in many cases an earlier collection time as well. Many have later collection times on a weekend too.

These Priority Post Boxes were introduced to help with the collection and onward delivery of Covid Test Kits, but as Elections are also a priority mailing, electors may wish to use this enhanced collection service to ensure that their Postal Vote reaches us in a timely manner.

Voting by proxy

You can also appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf - known as a proxy vote. To apply please contact the Elections Team for an application form or visit the Electoral Commission Website for further information and form to vote by Proxy. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Tuesday, 27 April 2021.