Casting your vote under First Past the Post (FFP)
When you vote in an FPP election you tick the name of the candidate you most prefer. When the votes are counted, the candidate with the most votes is elected. This also applies if there is more than one vacancy. If there are vacancies for three councillors, for example, you can vote for up to three candidates. When the votes are counted, the three candidates with the highest numbers of votes are elected.
This is a typical voting form for a local authority election held under the First Past the Post method.
Casting your vote under Single Transferable Vote (STV)
When you vote in an STV election, you rank the candidates in your order of preference. You write “1” next to the name of the candidate you most prefer, “2” next to your second choice, and so on. This process is the same whether there is one vacancy or several.
|Number of vacancies||Votes needed to reach the quota|
|1 vacancy||Half the votes, plus a fraction of a vote|
|2 vacancies||A third of the votes, plus a fraction of a vote|
|||A quarter of the votes, plus a fraction of a vote|
|and so on...|||
How votes are counted under Single Transferable Vote
The last Local Body Elections were held on 8 October 2016.