How many votes will the Labour candidate who isn’t a candidate get?

Here’s an interesting twist to the tale of Lee Barron, the latest Labour Police Commissioner candidate who has had to pull out for a previous conviction.

This has come to light too late in the day for him to actually pull out of the election, so his name will still be on the ballot paper with the Labour Party’s name and logo next to it. If he’s elected, he will have to immediately resign, triggering a by-election.

For voters who don’t follow the news that closely, there is therefore a good chance people will vote for him not knowing this. But even for those who do, if they are Labour supporters, there is a problem: do you vote for a candidate who will then have to resign because you want a by-election that another Labour candidate might then win, or do you vote for another candidate whose victory won’t trigger the expense of a by-election (and one which, in the circumstances, Labour might struggle in)?

Elected Police and Crime Commissioners have not got off to a great start. Having a contest on Northamptonshire where a candidate is on the ballot paper is hardly going to help change that, especially if some voters react with understandable anger at discovering they ‘wasted’ their vote on someone who couldn’t win.

 

* Mark Pack has written 101 Ways To Win An Election and produces a monthly newsletter about the Liberal Democrats.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in Election law and News.
Advert

4 Comments

  • John Richardson 3rd Nov '12 - 11:24am

    Vote for whoever you want to win. It’s not voters’ fault the rules don’t work.

  • Margaret Rutter 4th Nov '12 - 10:48am

    It seems unfair to let people spend time and money on a non-candidate. What happend to the selection process. Think about the money people donated to his canpaign funds. Think about the people going out in the very cold to deliver his campaign leaflets etc.It seems Ed does not have his finger on the ball hear or anywhere.

  • Richard Marvell 4th Nov '12 - 1:02pm

    Am I missing something or is the answer not blindingly obvious? Surely there is no way that voters will not know the Labour candidate is not standing – the election officials at the polling station should tell them as they hand them the voting paper.

  • Alun Griffiths 5th Nov '12 - 9:56pm

    er, the Labour candidate is standing, he is just not eligible to be elected.
    However I’m not sure I like the idea of AROs explainin to voters who they shouldn’t vote for. Not a line I think we should cross

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDavid Evans 6th Dec - 12:50am
    Paul, Good on you and the Chesterfield team. I will get down one more time if I can.
  • User AvatarAl 6th Dec - 12:28am
    Interesting article but the arguments in it equally apply to the 2014 referendum. Indeed they apply even more so because Brexit fundamentally changes the situation...
  • User AvatarAndrew McCaig 6th Dec - 12:09am
    Well, I can appreciate the argument that when a government or an MP is elected they are elected, until there is another election. It is...
  • User AvatarJoe Otten 5th Dec - 11:57pm
    David, you accuse me in your comment of 10.06pm on the 29th Nov of terrifying the English into voting Tory. I'll take your subsequent denial...
  • User AvatarAnnabel 5th Dec - 11:46pm
    I disagree with the last point that after Brexit, the UK would not recover sovereignty but instead would become a "rule-taker". The whole point of...
  • User Avatarpaul holmes 5th Dec - 11:44pm
    Which is exactly why people need to go to Sleaford and help over the last 3 days -speculating on social media wins no votes but...