Local Elections and Referendum
Elections for Town and Parish Councils, and for the District Council, were held on 5 May 2011. A UK Referendum concerning the parliamentary voting system was also held on the same day. The votes have now been counted and the results announced:
District Council Election Results
Town Council Election Results
Listing of your NEW Town Councillors
Note regarding Meeds Ward: North & South - 16 June Election Results
There was an error in distribution of postal votes for Meeds Ward which Mid Sussex District Council attempted to rectify. Unfortunately this was not possible and the election for that ward comprising the same candidates was rerun on 16 June. The votes have now been counted and the results announced:
For a full list of all the elections throughout the district please visit Mid Sussex District Council's website where you can also register to vote in future polls. If you have any questions please contact the District Council Elections Office on 01444 477003, email: email@example.com.
UK Referendum regarding the Parliamentary Voting System
Notice of Referendum
A referendum was held on Thursday 5 May 2011 to decide on the following question: At present, the UK uses the ‘first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?
You can see the results of the vote count online at: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/referendumresults.
What is the Alternative Vote system?
The Alternative Vote (AV) system is used to elect representatives for single-member constituencies, except that rather than simply marking one solitary 'X' on the ballot paper, the voter has the chance to rank, with numbers, the candidates on offer.
The voter thus puts a '1' by their first preference candidate, and can continue, if they wish, to put a '2' by their second preference, and so on, until they don't care anymore or they run out of names. You can, therefore, stop, if you want to, after you have entered “1” by your first preference candidate.
Anyone getting more than 50% of votes in the first round in a constituency is elected as MP. If that doesn't happen, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and their second choices allocated to the remaining candidates. If one candidate then has more than 50% of the votes in this round they are elected. If not, the remaining candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and their second preferences (or third preferences if they were the second choice of someone who voted for the first candidate to be eliminated) reallocated. This continues until one candidate has 50% or more of the vote in that round.
For a detailed look at both voting systems please visit The Electoral Commission's website.