On Thursday 5 May 2016, voters across 40 police force areas in England and Wales voted in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
Northumbria Police Force area covers the following council areas:
- Northumberland County Council
- North Tyneside Council
- Newcastle City Council
- South Tyneside Council
- Gateshead Council
- Sunderland City Council
The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners can provide more information about the election.
Voting for the Police & Crime Commissioner
If more than two candidates are standing, the PCC elections are held under a system called the supplementary vote. Electors will be given a ballot paper with two columns. In the left column, voters choose their first preference for PCC; in the right, voters choose their second preference. Voters can choose to mark just one preference, using the left column only.
If a candidate has won more than 50% of first preference votes they are elected. If no candidate has won more than 50%, all of the candidates, apart from the two with the most votes, are eliminated. The ballot papers for the eliminated candidates are then checked for their second preference. Any votes in the second column for the top two candidates are then added to their totals. Whoever has the most votes combined is declared the winner.
For a more detailed explanation on supplementary voting see Guide to Supplementary Voting.