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Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley election – Thursday 2 May 2024

On Thursday 2 May 2024 you will be able to vote in the election for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is the elected representative who oversees how crime is tackled in a police force area. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure the police force is effective. They are elected for a four-year term. 

Information for voters:

Key deadlines for this election

  • You must be registered to vote by – midnight on Tuesday 16 April 2024
  • Postal vote and postal proxy vote applications – 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024
  • Changes to existing postal and proxy vote arrangements – 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024
  • Voter Authority Certificate (voter ID) applications – 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024
  • New proxy vote applications – 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024

To vote in this election you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election
  • be a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen
  • be registered at an address in the area you want to vote in
  • not be legally excluded from voting

Register to vote

Registration to vote in this election has now closed.

If you are not sure whether you are registered, you can check by contacting our Electoral Services team using the details at the bottom of this page. 

Who can you vote for?

Name of candidate (surname first)Description
Matthew David
Conservative Candidate
– More Police, Safer
Liberal Democrats
Russell Douglas
More Police Officers for
Thames Valley
Labour and Cooperative Party

You can find more information about the candidates on the Choose My PCC website.

How you can vote:

Vote at a polling station

You can vote at your designated polling station on Thursday 2 May between 7am and 10pm.

If you are registered to vote, you should receive a poll card a few weeks before the election which will tell you where you need to go to cast your ballot.  You can also find your polling station by entering your postcode on the Where do I vote website.

If you are expecting a poll card but haven’t received it, please contact our Elections team using the details below to check that you are registered to vote in this election.

  • Please help friends and family members who may not have access to the internet or who may struggle to upload a photo for their ID application.

To find out more about voting a polling station, please see our vote at your local polling station page.

Vote by post

The deadline to sign up to vote by post in the Police & Crime Commissioner Elections on Thursday 2 May has now closed.

  • Once you receive your postal voting pack, please complete and return it using a Royal Mail post box as soon as possible.  
  • We must receive your completed postal voting pack by 10pm on Thursday 2 May, otherwise your vote will not count.
  • If you applied for a postal vote – you should receive your postal ballot pack by 26 April.  Anybody expecting a postal ballot who doesn’t receive it by this date should call 01235 422528 to request a replacement.    Please note, we are not able to issue replacements before 26 April so please do not call before then.
  • If you miss the post, you can hand it in at our Abbey House council office in Abingdon (during office hours only) or at a polling station on election day until 10pm – please note, the person handing it in is now required to complete further documentation.   Your postal vote will be rejected if it’s not received correctly – please DO NOT leave it in any council office post box or unattended reception point.

Please note, several new rules have recently been introduced for postal voting, including new re-application requirements – for more information, please visit our page on voting by post.

Vote by proxy

You can still apply to allow someone you trust to vote on your behalf – this is known as a proxy vote.

Please click here to apply online for a proxy vote – applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2024

For more information, visit our page on proxy voting.

Are you voting for the first time?

If this is the time you will be voting, please look at our first-time voter’s guide.  This contains lots of useful information on how elections work, how you can vote and what happens on election day.

Counting the votes and declaring the results

The votes in this election will be counted across Thames Valley on Saturday 4 May 2024. 

The results for will be officially declared in West Berkshire by the Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council who has been appointed as the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for this election.  They will then be published on the official Thames Valley Police Area Returning Officer webpage provided by West Berkshire Council and made available on this page, including a summary of local results in South Oxfordshire.

Information for candidates and agents

West Berkshire Council is responsible for the nominations process for this election. Please contact the West Berkshire Electoral Services Team for further information. 

Election notices

Once available, we will provide links here to the official election notices which will be hosted on the Thames Valley Police Area Returning Officer webpage provided by West Berkshire Council

Contact us - Electoral services

01235 422528
(Text phone users add 18001 before dialing)

South Oxfordshire District Council
Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JE