Some voters showed their disapproval of the police ballot by deliberately spoiling their papers. Some areas reported around 3% of ballot papers were spoilt.
This unique experiment in democracy won't be remembered for the first police commissioners, but for how little it caught voters' attention.
Lord Prescott has lost his bid to become the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside.
A guide to the elections for Police and Crime commissioners in England and Wales, taking place tomorrow.