The West Midlands Mayor is elected using the supplementary vote system. The video below explains how this works.
Under this system, you select your first two choices in order. The first choice votes are then counted. If any candidate gets more than 50% of the first choice votes, they are the winner. Otherwise, the two candidates with the most votes go forward to a second round, in which all the second choice votes for each candidate are added to their totals from the first round. Whoever gets the most votes is then the winner.
This means that you are free to vote for your preferred candidate without worrying which of the other candidates you might be letting in. So you can make your first vote a vote for the Liberal Democrats, safe in the knowledge that your second vote can be used to stop the Conservative or Labour candidate from sneaking in. There's no need to vote tactically - vote with your heart and head!
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