Two weeks until Police and Crime Commissioner election

West Midlands citizens are being reminded that the first Police and Crime Commissioner election take place on November 15, following the passing of the deadline for voter registration last night.

Polling stations across the West Midlands force area (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton) will be open from 7am to 10pm on polling day. Anyone who requested a postal vote must return them by 10pm on polling day otherwise they will not be counted.

Robert Connelly, Deputy Police Area Returning Officer for the West Midlands, said: “In just a few days voters will have the chance to elect their Police and Crime Commissioner. I encourage voters to check in advance where their polling station is and plan what time they intend to cast their vote. For those voting by post, it’s important to fill in your ballot paper privately and return it as soon as possible.”

Police and Crime Commissioners will be elected using the Supplementary Vote system. Voters should put a cross for their first and second choice candidates in their respective columns. As long as a cross is marked in the first choice column, then the vote will count.

Samantha Mills, head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: “Every household should have received our booklet with information on what a Police and Crime Commissioner’s role involves, and how to complete the ballot paper. There is more information on our website, www.aboutmyvote.co.uk , or you can call our helpline on 0800 3 280 280.”

The Electoral Commission’s booklet was sent to 21 million households across England and Wales in late October.

For more information on the West Midlands’ seven candidates, please visit: www.choosemypcc.org.uk

Ends

For more information please contact Kris Kowalewski at Birmingham City Council on 0121 303 3621. Media wishing to be accredited for the West Midlands count on November 16, should also contact the same number.

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