Downing Street has insisted, repeatedly, that any turnout for the police and crime commissioner elections would represent a more democratic outcome than the previous status quo.
But it looks increasingly likely that voter apathy today will cast questions over the legitimacy of the new commissioners.
The government’s handling of the first PCC elections was branded a “comedy of errors” by Katie Ghose, chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society.
She said polling stations were “standing empty” today and called for those responsible for “avoidable errors” in the delivery of the elections to be held to account.
Others, however, may argue that turnout was always going to be low for a new system that the public had never shown much appetite for. Turnout may also have been affected by holding the ballot on a cold day in November.
In the most radical shake-up of the service for half a century, the new commissioners, who are expected to earn up to £100,000, will control police Read more