Home Secretary Theresa May insisted the Government had publicised the vote. She told the BBC:
I'm obviously disappointed in the turnout but these were first elections and first elections are always difficult.
I'm sure next time round we will see an increase in the turnout because next time round people will be used to the idea of police and crime commissioners, they'll have seen them in action and, of course, there will be an incumbent who will be challenged.
The Home Office, the Government did put out advertisements about the elections.
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.