How do I vote for my Police and Crime Commissioner?

When is the election taking place?

The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections take place on Thursday, 5 May 2016. If you are registered to vote you will be notified by post to inform you of the location of your polling station and how to register for postal voting if that is your preferred choice.

Register to vote

The following information has been taken from aboutmyvote.co.uk

To have your say at an election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. If you want to register or are unsure whether you are registered or not please go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register-to-vote.

How do I 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 two columns.

You will be asked to:

  • vote for your first-choice candidate by marking a cross (X) in the first-choice column, and 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 counted.

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.

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.

You may also be voting in other elections or referendums on the same day.

Who is elected?

The first preferences are counted, and if a candidate has received more than 50% of the votes cast they are elected.

If no candidate has more than 50% of the votes, all candidates apart from those in first and second place are eliminated.

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.