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Less than one in five vote in Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

  • No voters waiting to go in at The Campus, Weston-super-Mare

  • No customers at the Princes Hall, Clevedon, who reported a slow morning

  • It was a quiet start to the day's PCC voting at St Thomas Church Hall in Wells this morning

  • Liberal Democrat candidate Pete Levy

  • Conservative candidate Ken Maddock

  • Independent candidate Sue Mountstevens

  • Labour candidate Dr John Savage

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Fewer than one in five people voted in yesterday's Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

The overall turnout for the election was 19.58% across the Avon and Somerset force area.

That figure was higher in Bristol, where 27.48% turned out to cast their vote. The city was also voting for its first mayor yesterday.

In the Somerset County Council area, the overall turnout was 17.6%.

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In Somerset, the best district turnout was in South Somerset with 19.2%, followed by Mendip with 18.5% and Taunton Deane with 18.1%.

Polling stations were open across Somerset between 7am and 10pm yesterday, and many reported very quiet days.

The police and crime commissioner election count is taking place at the University of the West of England today.

The new £85,000-a-year PCC will have wide ranging powers over policing and the criminal justice system in Somerset - including a mandate to hire or fire chief constables.

PCCs will also set the force's priorities and oversee its budget, and the new PCC will begin his or her new role on Thursday, November 22.

The four candidates for Avon and Somerset are Pete Levy (Liberal Democrat), Ken Maddock (Conservative), Sue Mountstevens (Independent) and John Savage (Labour).

Click here to see This is Bristol's Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner count live updates.

LIVE RESULTS

Sedgemoor: Sue Mountstevens won with 4,681 votes.

Mendip 1st stage: 1) Sue Mountstevens 5,666 votes, 2) Ken Maddock 4,796, 3) Pete Levy 3,353, 4) John Savage 1,941. 16,058 votes (18.53%).

South Somerset 1st stage: 1) Pete Levy 7,785, 2) Ken Maddock 7,380, 3) Sue Mountstevens 6,886, 4) John Savage 2,294. 24,953 votes (19.24%).

AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER ELECTION TURNOUT:

Bristol - 27.4%

South Somerset - 19.2%

Mendip - 18.5%

Taunton Deane - 18.1%

West Somerset - 16.92%

South Gloucestershire - 16.2%

North Somerset - 16%

Bath and North East Somerset - 15.9%

Sedgemoor - 14.3%

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