The Supplementary Vote System

The Police and Crime Commissioner Election uses the SV system.  Voters will be asked to make a first preference choice and a second preference choice for who they want to become the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner. 

There will be two columns on the ballot paper and electors will mark a cross against their first preference candidate in the first column, and a cross against their second preference candidate in the second column if they wish. 

The first and second choices must be different.

The ballot papers from around Suffolk will be counted and if one candidate receives more than 50% of the first preference votes, they will be elected.

If no candidate reaches the 50% threshold, the two candidates with the highest number of votes go forward to the next stage of the count when the second preference votes for those two will be counted.  The candidate with the most votes at the end of this process will be elected.