How to Use the Democratic Dashboard: Mayor and Police Commissioners

23 March 2016

May 5th sees a range of elections taking place over the whole of the UK. Whichever elections affect you, the Dashboard will provide you with useful information about your local area with a simple search on your laptop, mobile or tablet.

If you like, you can also explore further and find out about elections happening in other areas of the UK. If you read about a particular election or see a seat featured on the news, you will find it right here.

There are a few ways of using the Dashboard, depending on what you’re looking for:

1) The simplest way is to enter your postcode, or the name of your town, into the search box on the main page. You will then be brought to a page showing you your local area along with all of the different elections that are relevant to your area. To switch between elections, just click on the tabs underneath the map.

2) If you are interested in a particular election, for example the London Mayoral election, clink on the election link on the right hand side of the homepage, which will then take you to an overview of these elections, with an interactive map, summary results, and, importantly a section on how the voting system in your area works. Mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in the UK use a system called the Supplementary Vote, where you get two votes to use as you wish for the candidates you support.

London Mayor Overview
London Mayor Overview

To find out about your constituency just find it on the main map, or click on its name in the list of voting areas. This will bring you to your constituency homepage, with a variety of information.

Regardless of which route you take, you will end up on our data page showing election information for the Mayoral or PCC election in your area. The summary box gives some basic information on which area you are in and who won last time.

The Results section then gives a full graph and table for results for the last election in your area in 2012. You can see the results of the first preference vote, and then the second round ‘run off’ between the top two candidates to decide the winner, if no one reaches 50% in the first round. Find out more about the Supplementary Vote system here.

First and second round results
First and second round results

Additionally, in London, if you click ‘Show local results’ you can see how people voted in your council area. And if you wish to delve further back, click on the ‘Show historical’ button in the section heading, and you can see the results going back to the first elections in 2000.

For PCC elections, you can also find out how much each party spent securing your vote last time around.

We will be adding lots more information to this section very soon, including all the info on the candidates running in your area, along with a picture of your constituency in terms of health, crime, age breakdowns and ethnic background.

If you want to find out more, at the bottom you can move on to other voting areas, and look at the overall picture of past and upcoming elections. You can also use the interactive map at the top to explore different areas, by dragging the pin, or clicking on the constituency shape.

We will be adding information on the candidates running in your area very soon, so make sure to check back. If you wish to receive updates please sign up for all the latest, at the bottom of this page.

If you have any comments or question, don’t hesitate to contact us at democraticdashboard@gmail.com

Enjoy!