North Yorkshire police, fire and crime commissioner election to be held in May

Photo: Paul Downey.

Residents in Richmondshire will go to the polls in May to have their say on who represents them as police, fire and crime commissioner.

The election is the only one due to take place in 2021 after the county council ballot was postponed due to the current unitary consultation.

Officials say there will be a range of options for casting votes on May 6 – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on April 20, and for a proxy vote it is 5pm on April 27.

The district council says it is is ensuring polling stations will be safe places to attend and is asking voters to keep themselves and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering
  • bringing their own pen or pencil
  • sanitising their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • keeping a safe distance

Voters are also asked not to attend the polling station if they have symptoms of covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate.

There will be provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.

Tony Clark, electoral registration officer for Richmondshire District Council said: “It’s important to make sure that everyone has the chance to make their voice heard at these elections and we are putting measures in place to help them cast their vote safely.

“You can find more information about how to apply to vote by post or proxy on our website at

“And however people choose to vote, they must be registered– the easiest way to register is online at”

The deadline to register to vote for the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday, April 19.

For further information on elections, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, visit