Polls have opened as voters choose England and Wales's first Police and Crime Commissioners in the most radical shake-up of the service in half a century. Elections are being held in the 41 police areas outside London.
But some experts claim turnout could be as low as 15% as a combination of apathy, lack of awareness and dark, cold weather keeps voters at home.
The new commissioners, who are expected to earn up to £100,000, will control police budgets, set priorities and have the power to hire and fire chief constables.
This unique experiment in democracy won't be remembered for the first police commissioners, but for how little it caught voters' attention.
Lord Prescott has lost his bid to become the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside.
A guide to the elections for Police and Crime commissioners in England and Wales, taking place tomorrow.