Information for the Media
The Supplementary Vote system
The Supplementary Vote System was used for the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner election. Voters were asked to select their first and second preferences.
How the system works
If no candidate gains 50 per cent plus one of the first preference votes, the two candidates with the highest number of first preference votes go forward to a second round of counting.
In the second round of counting, ballots with a first preference for a candidate that did not get into the top two will be reallocated according to the second preference indicated in the ballot paper. Whichever of the top two candidates has the most votes after these second-preferences have been allocated is declared the winner.
For more information on the election, please see the Electoral Commission’s media handbook.