About the PCC vote

Unlike the local elections that will be happening at the same time, the
Police and Crime Commissioner election will use the supplementary vote
system. This works as follows:

Voters can vote for their first and second preference on the ballot
paper – or for just one candidate, if they wish. If a candidate gains
more than 50% of the vote, s/he wins. If not, all candidates except the
two with the most votes are eliminated. The votes cast for other
candidates are redistributed to their second preference. Of the two
remaining candidates, the one with the most votes is then declared the

This means there is no such thing as a ‘wasted’ vote, since you can
give your first preference to a candidate from a smaller party, knowing
that if s/he is eliminated, your second preference will still be

Please first vote for Martin Schmierer on May 5th.