A different kind of voting

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The election for the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner will be using the supplementary voting system which unlike in other UK elections means you can vote for a first and second choice of who you want to win.

The ballot paper will list all the candidates standing, and next to this list there will be two columns.

You will be asked to:

n Vote for your first-choice candidate by marking a cross (X) in the first-choice column, and

n 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 each column and 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 counted. 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.

Who is elected?

At the count of ballot papers, the first choice is counted. If one candidate receives 50 per cent or more of the vote, they win.

If there is no outright winner in the first count, the two candidates with the most votes go head-to-head and the second choice of those electors with rejected candidates are taken into account.

The candidate with the most votes after the second count wins

The polls open next Thursday (November 15) at 7am and as long as you are registered to vote you can do so at the polling station named on your polling card up until 10pm.

Polling cards are in the process of being sent out, and the deadline to register to vote has gone.