Police and Crime Commissioner Elections supplementary voting system
If there are more than two candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner you are able to vote for your first choice and for your second choice of candidate. Your ballot paper will have two columns, the first column is for you first choice of candidate the second column is for your second choice candidate.
So your vote is counted you must make an entry in the first choice column.
You do not have to make a second choice, but it gives you a greater say in the election if your first choice of candidate does not make it through to the second round. There is only as second round if no candidate gets 50% of the overall votes.
Counting the votes
The votes are sorted by the first choice candidate. These are counted and if one candidate wins more than 50% of the first choice vote then that candidate wins.
If no candidates get more than 50% then the two first choice candidates with the most votes go forward to the next round and the other candidates are eliminated.
We then check the ballot papers with an eliminated candidate as first choice, for second choice votes. If a ballot paper’s second choice vote is for one of the two candidates who have gone through to the next round, the second-choice vote is added to a candidate’s total votes.
The winner is the one who receives the highest number of votes from the first and second choice votes.
What does this mean for your vote?
If your first choice of candidate is one of the two candidates who go through to the second round, your second choice vote is not counted.
If your first choice of candidate is not one of the two candidates to go through to the second round, you second choice of candidate may be counted. It will only be counted if your second choice candidate is one of the two candidates to go through to the second round.
The second round is where votes for second choice candidates are added to a final number of votes for the candidates who made it through to the second round.