County goes to the polls to elect new Police and Crime Commissioner

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The polling station at St Thomas Church, Trowbridge, this morning The polling station at St Thomas Church, Trowbridge, this morning

The polls are open across Wiltshire today as the county goes to the polls to elect the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.

Although party activists are urging supporters to come out and vote they privately fear the people of the county are unmoved by the campaign.

One said: “It could be well under 15 per cent, we don’t think the polls will be very busy.”

There was a slow start for those in Chippenham’s central polling station at the Neeld Hall.

Five volunteers have been manning two polling booths at the hall since 7am this morning, but at 10.15am they said only 15 people had voted so far.

Volunteers at the hall said most people would probably arrive to place their votes after work, as the polling station will be open until 10pm.

There are 1, 206 people registered to vote at the Neeld Hall. Voting is also taking place at 12 other stations in Chippenham, including the Scouts Hut at Derriads Lane and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Cocklebury Road.

At 9.30am the polling station in St Thomas’ Church, Trowbridge, was reporting little interest in the election, with no voters at all in the first two hours it was open, and around 20 people coming to vote since 9am.

The first job of the new commissioner will be to decide the future of temporary chief constable Pat Geenty, whose contract runs out early next year.

The candidates are Labour’s Clare Moody, Conservative Angus Macpherson, Lib Dem Paul Batchelor, John Short for UKIP and independents Liam Silocks and Colin Skelton.

There will be two columns on the ballot paper – one for voters to mark their first choice and one in which to mark a second choice. Voters mark one X in each column, although they are not required to make a second choice.

All the first choices are then counted, and if a candidate has 50 per cent of the vote, plus at least one vote, they are elected.

If no candidate receives a majority, the top two continue to a second round and all other candidates are eliminated. The second-choice votes of everyone whose first choice has been eliminated are then counted.

Any votes for the remaining candidates are then added to their first-round totals. Whichever candidate has the most votes after these second-preferences have been allocated is declared the winner.

Counts will take place tonight at five locations across the county, including the The Oasis in Swindon, The Olympiad in Chippenham, the Leisure Centre in Devizes and Trowbridge Civic Centre.

The result is not expected to be declared until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Check back here for updates throughout the night.

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1:21pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Blanche Terraine says...

The polling clerks are forbidden from revealing information concerning voting behaviour, including the number of people who have voted so far. They could be admonished, or worse.
The polling clerks are forbidden from revealing information concerning voting behaviour, including the number of people who have voted so far. They could be admonished, or worse. Blanche Terraine

2:35pm Thu 15 Nov 12

ace reporter says...

there are over 2,000 electors registered to vote at the Neeld Hall in Chippenham and one of the 5 Counts is in Devizes Leisure Centre NOT the Corn Exchange - get your facts right please G&H !!!
there are over 2,000 electors registered to vote at the Neeld Hall in Chippenham and one of the 5 Counts is in Devizes Leisure Centre NOT the Corn Exchange - get your facts right please G&H !!! ace reporter

9:42pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Bobobos says...

Waste of time. Waste of money. Open to corruption.

Another conservative coalition nonsense.
Have a day off.
Waste of time. Waste of money. Open to corruption. Another conservative coalition nonsense. Have a day off. Bobobos

8:19am Sat 17 Nov 12

notscot says...

"County goes to the polls" - er - shouldn't that be "84% of the county's electorate didn't go to the polls"
84%!!!
Some candidates are claiming that it's simply due to a lack of information on both the role and the candidates.
I think many of us know what the role is about - and most definitely what it will cost.
Hmm - apparently 15% of those who voted deliberately voided their votes.
Do some of us believe, perhaps that this role is neither wanted or needed?
"County goes to the polls" - er - shouldn't that be "84% of the county's electorate didn't go to the polls" 84%!!! Some candidates are claiming that it's simply due to a lack of information on both the role and the candidates. I think many of us know what the role is about - and most definitely what it will cost. Hmm - apparently 15% of those who voted deliberately voided their votes. Do some of us believe, perhaps that this role is neither wanted or needed? notscot

7:30pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Phorever says...

I didn't vote.
Why?
1. I have not seen anywhere any information on who was standing.
2. I have seen no information on where any polling stations are.
3. I have had no information on what they actually do. All I have heard is that they will police the police. Which is worrying, as much of Wiltshire seems to be run by crooks.
Which leads me to ask who will police the police, police?
I didn't vote. Why? 1. I have not seen anywhere any information on who was standing. 2. I have seen no information on where any polling stations are. 3. I have had no information on what they actually do. All I have heard is that they will police the police. Which is worrying, as much of Wiltshire seems to be run by crooks. Which leads me to ask who will police the police, police? Phorever

10:56am Sun 18 Nov 12

Old retired bloke says...

I didn't vote either, although I received a polling card and a leaflet from 1 of the 6 candidates (Labour). I looked at the other candidates on the website. They all said similar things, reducing anti-social behaviour being the favourite. I guess this is what they know people want to hear. What I want to know is what was so wrong with the existing police authorities that justified a £100M change? Waste of public money.
I didn't vote either, although I received a polling card and a leaflet from 1 of the 6 candidates (Labour). I looked at the other candidates on the website. They all said similar things, reducing anti-social behaviour being the favourite. I guess this is what they know people want to hear. What I want to know is what was so wrong with the existing police authorities that justified a £100M change? Waste of public money. Old retired bloke

12:13pm Mon 19 Nov 12

honeypot123 says...

I didn't vote because the Police should not be politicised. All the candidates want the same things, lower crime, more police on the streets, cost savings......

Your choice is simply left to which political party you want to vote for, and at this moment in time i dont want to vote for any of them.
I didn't vote because the Police should not be politicised. All the candidates want the same things, lower crime, more police on the streets, cost savings...... Your choice is simply left to which political party you want to vote for, and at this moment in time i dont want to vote for any of them. honeypot123

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