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Elections in 2021

Cambridge went to the polls on Thursday 6 May 2021, to vote in four different elections.

All EU citizens who were registered to vote in the UK were able to vote.

Cambridge City Council elections

These elections were postponed from May 2020.

Elections took place in all 14 wards of the city, and all 42 council seats were up for election. This is because some of the ward boundaries had changed and all seats on the council must be re-elected to represent the new wards.

Each ward has three councillors, so you could vote for up to three candidates.

The candidate with the most votes in each ward was elected to serve a three-year term of office. The second-placed candidate will serve two years and the third-placed candidate will serve one year. These terms of office have been reduced by one year because the elections were postponed from 2020.

At the time of the election there were four vacancies for councillors on Cambridge City Council, in the King’s Hedges, Newnham, Queen Edith’s and Trumpington wards.

Cambridgeshire County Council elections

Elections to the county council happen every four years, and electors vote in one of the 12 county division areas. There are 12 county councillors in Cambridge so you could vote for one candidate.

The candidate with the most votes in each division was declared elected and will serve a four-year term of office.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough election

This election was postponed from May 2020.

You were able to vote for up to two candidates: your first choice and, if you wished, a second choice. This is called the supplementary vote system.

Supplementary vote system

All the first-choice candidates are counted and if one candidate gains more than 50% of the votes, they will be declared elected. If this does not happen, then the top two candidates go through to a second round. The other candidates are eliminated.

Ballot papers where the first-choice candidate was eliminated are then looked at for their second choice. If the second choice is one of the top two candidates, the vote is added to that candidate’s tally.

The candidate with the most votes after the second choices are looked at is then declared elected. They will serve a three-year term of office, which is one year less than usual because the election was postponed.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor election

This election takes place every four years. The Mayor will serve a four-year term of office.

You were able to vote for up to two candidates: your first choice and, if you wish, a second choice. The method of declaring the winner is the same as for the Police and Crime Commissioner election.

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