Who will vote for police commissioners?


First ever elections for police commissioners

Here's my report on fears of a low tour-out for the first-ever elections for police commissioners. My question to would-be voters: "Are you excited about the PCC vote?"

With less than a month to go before the first ever elections for police commissioners in England and Wales, there is still some concern that poor publicity will lead to a low turnout. They will be elected on 15 November and replace police authorities in each force area in England and Wales, making police directly accountable to voters.


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    Comment number 18.

    When I think of locally elected Police Chiefs I think of Selma Alabama in the 1960's where whips were used on black schoolkids, and blacks attempting to register to vote. Look it up! Of Police in 1920-30s Germany who wre controlled by Local Politics, and stood back as the Nazis committed crimes of assault on opposition. The danger now is minority Poltical and Religious groups controlling Police.

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    Comment number 19.

    @17. Whistling Neil

    I encourage everyone to vote : write in: NOT WANTED : Spoil your ballots indicating your disapproval of the process.

    Not voting says nothing - if spoiled ballots outnumber the winners tally their mandate is obviously false and simply not voting says nothing.


    It won't happen and the the powers that be won't care.

    If you want to send a message vote for an independent.

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    Comment number 22.

    Not sure that the disinterest is due to a lack of publicity.

    There are plenty of people who know about these elections, but still aren't interested.

    (18 makes a valid point I've mentioned previously - all of these low turnout local elections give a risk of relatively small numbers of organised people taking control - particularly if high levels of postal votes are present.)

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    Comment number 21.

    In so much as HYS can be seen as representative of the UK population at large (it can't be very much - self selecting samples are never that accyrate) it seems that few even know about it, less care & a majority of those that do vote will spoil their paper of vote for anyone but a majory party candidate......yet an expensive omnishambles of a diaster looms for the Coalition.....

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    Comment number 4.

    'Are you excited about the PCC vote'

    More excited about that than reading your blog


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