On this page...
Working at an election
If you would like to work at an election, you can contact us to register your interest. We are always on the lookout for people with good customer skills to help during the elections period.
You can find out about current election staffing vacancies by clicking on the button below.
Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Election
On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Luton will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Election.
The elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health. Depending on the infection rate, measures taken to control the spread of the virus may change as we approach May.
This means we cannot currently answer all the questions you may have about how the election will be run. However, we are working hard with UK government, the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure you can stay safe when casting your vote next May.
We will update this page with further information as it becomes available. Further information can also be found on the website of the Electoral Commission.
This page was last updated on 18 January 2021.
PCC election - candidates and agents
On Thursday 6 May 2020 you'll be able to go to the polls to elect a police and crime commissioner for Bedfordshire.
Luton is the lead authority in Bedfordshire for this election. If you wish to stand as a candidate then you'll need to submit your nomination paper by 4pm on 8 April 2021.
- Publication of notice of election: Monday 29 March
- Delivery of nomination papers: between 10am and 4pm on any working day after publication of notice of election and until 4pm on Thursday 8 April
- Deadline for delivery of nomination papers: 4pm on Thursday 8 April
- Publication of statement of persons nominated: not later than 4pm on Friday 9 April
- Deadline for the notification of appointment of sub-agent: Wednesday 28 April
- Deadline for notification of appointment of polling agents, counting agents and sub agents: Wednesday 28 April
- Polling day: 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May
Counting of the votes cast in Luton will take place at Inspire Luton Sports Village on Friday 6 May. The police area returning officer (PARO) will make the final declaration of the result for the whole of Bedfordshire.
A candidates and agents briefing will take place virtually at 6pm on Wednesday 24 February 2021. If you are wish to attend please contact Sam Freer at [email protected].
You'll find guidance for candidates and agents at the PCC election on the Electoral Commission website.
- Bedfordshire PCC website - includes details on how to become a candidate and briefing sessions
- Local Government Association virtual event - information about about standing for election and campaigning in a COVID-19 context
Tuesday 26 January 2021, 2 to 3.30pm
How can I vote at the May 2021 elections?
There are a number of ways to have your say in May - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.
Frequently asked questions
On Thursday 6 May, residents in Luton will be voting for the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner. This election will be held in May 2021 after being postponed in May 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
To vote in the elections - either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy - you must first be registered to vote, which can be done online in just 5 minutes. You can register to vote here.
To then apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form. Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it to the:
Electoral Registration Officer
If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.
If you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.
Complete this form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person.
Yes, voting by post is safe and proven cases of electoral fraud are rare. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, and seal the envelope yourself.
You will also be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. This makes postal voting safe, because when you return your postal voting pack your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided before to confirm your identity.
Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.
We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.
We will continue our discussions with public health authorities as we prepare for the elections to make sure we are following the most up to date guidance. We will continue to update this page as more information and guidance becomes available.
Guidance in this area is still being developed, but you are always welcome to use your own pen or pencil. We are working with the UK’s governments, members of the electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure polling station are safe places to vote at the May 2021 elections.
We will update this page with new information as it becomes available.
We are working hard to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead.
We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic. We will be providing more information nearer the time on how you can vote if you need to self-isolate, or live in an area under local lockdown.
You do have different options for voting at the May 2021 elections – you can vote in person, by post or by proxy. You can find more information on your voting options here.
Back to top