Police and Crime Commissioner elections
The voting system
Police and Crime Commissioner elections with
three or more candidates use the supplementary vote system.
Who am I voting for?
The Police and Crime Commissioner is a new
role replacing your local police authority. The Police and Crime
Commissioner is responsible for holding the Chief Constable and
police force to account on the public's behalf. The Police and
Crime Commissioner oversees how crime is tackled in their area and
aims to make sure the police are providing a good service.
How to vote
Always read the instructions for filling in
the ballot paper carefully, even if you have voted before.
For this election you can vote for a first and
second choice of who you want to win.
The ballot paper will list all the candidates
standing in your area. Next to the list of candidates there will be
You will be asked to:
- vote for your first-choice
candidate by marking a cross (X) in the first-choice column,
- vote for your second-choice
candidate by marking a cross (X) in the second-choice column.
As long as you mark one cross in the
first-choice column, your vote can be counted.
You should not mark more than one cross in the
first-choice column and you should not mark more than one cross in
the second-choice column.
If you have marked a first choice, you can
choose whether or not to mark a second-choice. But if you only mark
a cross in the second choice column, your vote won’t be
If you mark a cross next to the same candidate
in the first and second choice column, your ballot paper will still
be accepted but you would not be marking a second choice. If you
want to mark a second choice, you should mark a cross next to a
different candidate in the second choice column.
You should not put any other mark on the
ballot paper or your vote may not be counted.
If you make a mistake then you can ask the
polling staff to give you a replacement ballot paper.
Please note, if only two candidates stand in
your area, the ballot paper will only have one column and you will
be asked to mark only one cross.
Who is elected?
The first preferences are counted, and if a
candidate has received more than 50% of the votes cast they are
If no candidate has more than 50% of the vote,
all candidates apart from those in the first and second place are
The ballot papers showing a first preference
for the eliminated candidates are checked for their second
preference. Any second preference votes for the two remaining
candidates are then added to the candidates’ first preference votes
and the candidate with the most votes wins.