Sunday, 4 November 2012

Voting by post

If you vote by post, you should get your ballot paper in the next few days (if you didn't already receive it on Saturday)

I've been asked several times now about the slightly unusual way of voting.

In this election you have two votes - a first choice and a second. 

You don't put a 1 and 2 though.

There are two columns so you put an X in your first choice column next to whoever is your first choice and an X in your second choice column  next to whoever is your second.

You don't have to have a second choice if you don't want to.

And it's important to realise that your second choice won't cancel out your first.

The way it works is that all the first choice votes are counted up.

If someone has more than 50 percent, they are elected.

If they don't, the top two people stay in the ballot and the second choices of all the other ballot papers get counted. 

Postal votes have to come back by 15th November.  You can take yours to a polling station if you forget to post it in time.

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