Two votes or not two votes?

Supplementary vote system – what is it?

The election of the Police and Crime Commissioner will use the supplementary vote system. This means you get two votes – a first and a second choice of who you want to win.

The ballot paper will list all 7 candidates who are standing in the West Midlands [see list below]. Next to the list of candidates there will be two columns, where you will be asked to:

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

There must be only one cross in the first-choice column for your vote to count. You shouldn’t mark more than one cross in either of the columns.

PCC ballot paper

Click on the graphic to enlarge

You don’t have to mark a cross in the second column if you don’t have a second preference. If you’ve marked a first choice, you can choose to leave this column blank. But, if you only mark a cross in the second choice column, your vote won’t be counted at all.

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 your second choice won’t count. If you want to mark a second choice, you should mark a cross next to a different candidate in the second choice column.

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

NB – If you make a mistake, you can ask the polling staff to give you a replacement ballot paper.

Who wins?

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 vote, all candidates apart from those in the 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.

You should have received the Electoral Commission’s pink booklet about voting. If you haven’t received your copy, you can click here to download one or click on the graphic below.


The ballot paper will show the following candidates:

  • Matt Bennett, Conservative Party
  • Bill Etheridge, UKIP
  • Cath Hannon, Independent
  • Bob Jones, Labour Party
  • Ayoub Khan, Liberal Democrats
  • Mike Rumble, Independent
  • Derek Webley, Independent

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