Elections – Lead Authority

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.

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.

Supplementary Voting

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected using the supplementary voting system.

Voting is by way of a simple majority system unless there are three or more candidates.

If there are three 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, those indicating a first preference for a candidate that lost the first round are reallocated according to the second preference indicated in the ballot paper.