Single transferable vote (STV)

Our voting system for  the 2022 elections is STV

On 13 August 2020, Council resolved to use Single Transferrable Voting (STV) as the electoral system for the 2022 and 2025 elections, replacing the previous First-Past-the-Post (FPP) system.

STV is a ‘preferential’ voting system. This means you rank as few or as many candidates as you wish according to your preferences.

Your vote is then transferred, in whole or in part, from your first preference to your second preference to your third preference and so on, depending on whether that candidate has enough votes to be elected.

STV can be seen as a fairer system as, depending on the number of candidates you rank, you will contribute to the election of at least one candidate and your vote will not be ‘wasted’.

STV may also be a ‘proportional representation’ voting system. However, this only occurs in multi-member elections where there are at least 5 positions. Proportional representation cannot occur for example, in single member wards.

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