Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Use Your Vote to Make Difference to Region's Future

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Use Your Vote to Make Difference to Region's Future

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Byline: Pat Ritchie

MAY 2 will be another historic day for our region - the day voters in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland go to the polls to select the first elected mayor for our North of Tyne Combined Authority.

It's a big deal - literally. We've got a PS600m package - to transfer power and investment from central Government to the three North of Tyne local authorities.

Over the next 30 years we're looking to create 10,000 jobs and give a PS1.1 billion boost to the local economy.

We'll be putting millions into new training and education opportunities, new homes that families need and a growing local economy where everyone will feel the benefit.

And while many of you will be used to voting in local and general elections, for the North of Tyne Combined Authority Mayoral Election we'll be using something called the Supplementary Vote system, which you may not be so familiar with.

It's a legal requirement that the voting process must be done this way and it's also been used successfully in other Mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections around the country.

In its simplest terms, this is an electoral system used to elect a single winner, where voters rank the candidates in order of preference.

If no candidate receives an absolute majority of first preference votes, then all but the two leading candidates are eliminated and there is a second count.

So when you get your ballot paper you need to mark an X in column A next to the name of the person who is your first choice for the Mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority. If you don't put a vote in this column your ballot paper won't be counted.

You then mark an X in column B next to your second choice. If you don't put anything in this column your first choice will still be counted and if you vote twice for the same candidate your second vote won't count. …

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