North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Election
- Category: Elections and voting
- Last Updated: 30 March 2017
Elections are held every four years for a Police and Crime Commissioner for each of the 41 police force areas in England and Wales outside London.
What is the police and crime commissioner election?
On 15 September 2011, the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced the role of an elected police and crime commissioner for each of the 41 police force areas in England and Wales outside London.
Elections are held every four years and in the North Yorkshire police force area, the following councils hold elections.
- City of York Council
- Craven District Council
- Hambleton District Council
- Harrogate Borough Council
- Richmondshire District Council
- Ryedale District Council
- Scarborough Borough Council
- Selby District Council
For each police force area, one council acts as the lead authority to undertake the nominations of candidates and co-ordination of the results. For North Yorkshire, the lead authority is Ryedale District Council.
The last election was held on 6 May 2017 and Julia Mulligan was elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for York and North Yorkshire.
The turnout for York and North Yorkshire elections is 135,642 (22.47 per cent). The highest percentage of residents to vote was Craven with a turn out of 33.98 per cent.
In the 2012 PCC elections, the highest percentage of residents to vote was Ryedale with a turn out of 16.75 per cent in per cent, with an overall regional turnout of 88,615 (14.3 per cent).
What is Supplementary Voting?
Police and Crime Commissioners will be elected using the supplementary voting system. This is currently the system used to elect mayors, which is the closest role to the new Police and Crime Commissioners.
Voting will be by way of a simple majority system unless there are 3 or more candidates. If there are 3 or more candidates then the commissioner will be returned under the supplementary vote system.
Under the supplementary vote system, a voter is asked to indicate first and second preferences, if no candidate has 50 per cent of the first preference votes, the two candidates with the highest number of first preference votes go forward to a second round.
In the second round of counting ballots indicating a first preference for a candidate that lost the first round are reallocated according to the second preference indicated in the ballot paper.
How can I find out more?
There is information available from GOV.UK.