How to vote at Police and Crime Commissioner elections

For these elections 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 the Avon and Somerset Police 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.

You should not put any other mark on the ballot paper or your vote may not be counted.

The ballot paper will look similar to the one below:

example of a ballot paper

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.