Northumbria's newly re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner is calling for clearer instructions to help people vote in future PCC elections.
There were more than 8,000 spoiled ballot papers across the force area.
PCCs are elected using the Supplementary Vote system, in cases where there are more than two candidates standing. This allows people to vote for a first and second choice.
Vera Baird says she is 'concerned' that people have have been confused by the ballot paper and intends to raise the issue at a higher level.
"I'm very concerned because clearly you spend months and weeks and days trying to persuade people to go out, that this is worth voting for and that democracy is a good thing, and then, they do their best but the instructions, they don't seem to have found clear enough.
So we'll make some representations, (to discover) if it can be made plainer next time."
Second preference votes are being counted for the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
North Yorks PCC count - no candidate secures 50% of vote so it goes to count of 2nd preferences - straight fight between Mulligan & Howley
There was a 7% increase in turnout in North Yorks PCC compared to 2012 - now 22.4%
The Labour Party remains in control of Gateshead Council following this year's local elections.
The Labour Party remains in control of North Tyneside following this year's local elections.
The turnout for the local elections was 56,736 (36.7%).
Labour held all seats as well as gaining two from the Conservatives.
The new make up of the council - 51 Labour, 7 Conservatives, and 2 Liberal Democrats.
Barry Coppinger has been re-elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland.
Vera Baird has received more votes than the other three candidates combined.
- Vera Baird (Lab) 180,479
- Stewart Hay (Con) 58,713
- Melanie Hurst (UKIP) 52,293
- Jonathan Wallace (LD) 34,75
The Conservative Party remains in control of Craven District Council following this year's local elections.
Thirty seats were contested with average turnout at 41%.
The Conservative Party has increased its majority control of Harrogate Council by two seats following yesterday's local elections.
Following the elections, the breakdown of Harrogate Borough Council is now:
- 37 Conservative (+2)
- 15 Lib Dem
- 2 Independent
- 0 United Alliance (-2)
Second preference votes are being counted for the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner after no candidate received 50% of the vote.
Second preference votes for the two front runners Coppinger (Lab) and Vickers (Con) will now be counted
No candidate has received 50% of the vote so second preferences will be counted. https://t.co/BNw3HFZjAG
Vera Baird has been re-elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.