Changes to the voting system for Police and Crime Commissioner elections

The current system for Mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections is called "supplementary voting", which allows voters to vote for candidates in order of preference. This system will be replaced with the "first past the post" system which is used for local and general elections. First past the post allows voters to make one selection on their ballot paper.

When does the change come into force?

Secondary legislation to implement this change has now been made and the new voting system will apply for all Mayoral and PCC elections (including by-elections) held on or after 4 May 2023.