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Are you ready for Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner election?

Dorset voters are being reminded that the first Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place on Thursday 15 November.

Polling stations across Dorset will be open from 7am to 10pm on polling day. More than 82,000 residents across the county have requested a postal vote, which must be returned to the Local Returning Officer by 10pm otherwise they will not be counted.

Paul Morris, Police Area Returning Officer for Dorset, 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 21million households across England and Wales in late October.

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