Independent candidate Martyn Underhill has emerged as the clear favourite to become Police and Crime Commissioner.
Underhill holds a strong lead, but requires 50 per cent of the vote to win the election.
Provisional results from North Dorset and Purbeck show Underhill holds a slight lead over Conservative rival Nick King.
Weymouth appears to have voted strongly in favour of the independent candidate.
The Supplementary Vote system means that if no candidate gained 50 per cent of the vote, people's second choice votes will be counted.
Turnout for Dorset announced at 16.9 per cent
The turnout in the Dorset PCC election has been announced as 16.8 per cent.
Counting of votes has got underway at The Poole Lighthouse, with results expected to be announced by this afternoon.
Reports had suggested the turnout in Dorset could fall below ten per cent, but results were not an bad as previously thought.
West Dorset had the highest turnout at 21 per cent, while Bournemouth was the lowest with 13 per cent. Weymouth and Portland had a rate of just under 16 per cent, while 18 per cent of people voted in East Dorset, Purbeck and North Dorset - and 16 per cent turned out in Poole.