London Mayoral election: Everything you need to know

Tomorrow (5 May 2016) London will go to the polls to elect a new Mayor who will replace Boris Johnson. This election is important, the Mayor of London is very powerful and controls a large budget. Here is everything you need to know about the election and how to cast your vote.

When can I vote?

The polling stations open across London Thursday 5 May at 7am and they stay open until 10pm.

Do I need to register to vote?

If you have previously voted in an election whilst at your current address you’ll already be registered. You don’t need to bring your polling card with you when you vote (so don’t panic if you haven’t yet received yours), you can turn up to your local polling station and your name will be checked off their list. If you haven’t voted before and need to sign up, unfortunately it is too late to do so take part in this election.

How many votes do I have?

You are actually voting in two elections. First is the Mayoral election. You have two votes – your first and second preference. You should vote for the person you like the most, then if they don’t make the threshold, your second preference might count instead.

The other election is to pick the members of the London Assembly. Here you will cast two votes. The first is for electing a representative for your constituency. The second is a list vote in order to balance out the Assembly.

Take note of the instructions on the ballot paper as this will show you exactly how to cast your vote on the paper – make sure you pay attention to it as any deviation from the acceptable vote marks will ‘spoil’ your paper, and be discounted.

When will the results be known?

All the votes are collected and counted overnight, so we could get the results through in the early hours of Friday.

What is City Hall anyway?

This video explains in more detail about City Hall:

Who should I vote for?

That is totally up to you – read more about the candidates and their ideas for London here.

Main photo credit: Maciek Lulko


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