How do I vote on 6 May for the West Northamptonshire Council? Parish Council and Police and Crime Commissioner
- West Northamptonshire Council
On your ballot paper you will be given the option to vote for 3 candidates by putting a cross next to 3 candidates names on the ballot paper that you wish to vote for. The election is run under first past the post, so the 3 candidates with the most votes will win.
- Parish Council Elections
You will only be voting in the election for Kingsthorpe Parish Council if you live in the Spring Park Ward.
You will be given a ballot paper and on the top of the ballot paper you will be told how many candidates you can vote for (there are 3 seats for the Spring Park Ward on Kingsthorpe Parish Council and you can vote for 3 candidates), you can put a cross against the candidates that you want to vote for. The parish elections are run under first past the post and so the candidates with the highest number of votes will win. Each parish area has a different number of seats so please read the instructions at the top of the ballot paper carefully so you know how many candidates you can vote for.
The wards of Kingsthorpe, Sunnsyside, Obelisk and St David's were uncontested. This means there were either the same number or fewer candidates than there were seats. The Parish Council will co-opt to fill any remaining seats after the election.
- Police Fire & Crime Commissioner Election
For the Police & Crime Commissioner Election there are two columns of boxes alongside the candidates' names on the ballot paper. One column of boxes is for voters to mark their favourite candidate with an X and one in which to mark a second favourite with an X. Voters don't have to mark a second favourite if they do not have one.
The Police Fire & Crime Commissioner Election is run under the supplementary voting system, for these election we count all the first preference votes first and if any candidate gets over 50% of the vote they are declared the winner. If no candidate gets over 50% of the vote the top two candidates go forward and the second preference votes of the eliminated candidates are then added to the those top two candidates that progress. Whichever candidate get the most votes when the second preferences are take into account is elected the winner.