Alternative Vote, “could I just vote for the Labour candidate?”

Locally many people are asking that if the AV system was accepted could they then just vote for the Labour Candidate as they would detest having to give any part of their vote to a LibDem or a Tory etc

The answer is YES! You can rank as few or as many candidates as you like.

Here are the rules under AV as determined by the Electoral Commision

How to vote(Under AV)

The ballot paper lists the name of each candidate along with their party name, party logo and where they live.

Rank the candidates in order of preference. Put a 1 next to your first choice candidate, a 2 next to your second choice, a 3 next to your third choice, and so on. You can rank as few or as many candidates as you like.

Who is elected?

To be elected a candidate must receive more than half of the valid votes cast.

The votes are counted in stages. In the first round only first preferences are counted. If a candidate receives more than half of the valid votes cast, they are elected. If no candidate has received half of the votes cast, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and all of their votes are passed to the next preference on the ballot papers.

This process is repeated until a candidate is elected. If there is a tie at any stage then a candidate is selected by the drawing of lots.

THE ELECTORAL COMMISION

Mick

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About Councillor, Sefton MBC

Councillor, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, Victoria Ward, Ward Chair'
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