Police and Crime Commissioner election

For the results of the election held on Thursday 6 May 2021, please visit Rushcliffe Borough Council's election results webpage (opens in new window).

The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for holding the Chief Constable and police force to account on the public's behalf, oversees how crime is tackled in their area and aims to make sure the police are providing a good service. Their role includes:

  • meeting the public regularly to listen to their views on policing
  • producing a police and crime plan setting out local policing priorities
  • deciding how the budget will be spent
  • appointing Chief Constables and dismissing them if needed.

For more information about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner, please visit the Nottinghamshire Police's website (opens in a new window).

The voting system

Police and Commissioner elections with three or more candidates use the supplementary vote system.

There are two columns on the ballot paper - one for voters to mark their first choice and one to mark a second choice. Voters mark one X in each column, although voters are not required to make a second choice if they do not wish to.

All the first choices are then counted, and if a candidate has more than 50% of the votes, they are elected. If no candidate has more than 50% of the votes, the top two candidates continue to a second round and all other candidates are knocked out.

Then the second choice votes of everyone whose first choice is not in the top two are then counted.

The votes for the remaining candidates are then added to their first round totals.

Whichever candidate has the most votes after the votes have been added together is declared the winner.

If only two candidates stand then the first-past-the-post system is used.