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Mayoral elections

Mayoral elections are taking place in some parts of England on Thursday 3 May.

Elections for local authority mayors

Mayoral elections are taking place in the following areas:

  • Hackney
  • Lewisham
  • Newham
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Watford

Local elections are also taking place in these areas so voters in these areas will receive two ballot papers, one for each election.

Combined authority mayoral election

An election for mayor of the Sheffield City Region combined authority region takes place on Thursday 3 May.

This covers the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield areas.

Find out more about the Sheffield City Region election website (opens an external website)

Who can vote?

To vote in a mayoral election you must be registered to vote, 18 years old or over on polling day, and also be one of the following:

  • a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union
  • resident in the UK
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

The following cannot vote in a mayoral election:

  • anyone other than British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizens
  • convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election

How do I vote?

Where there are more than two candidates, mayoral elections use the supplementary vote system.

You get to make a first and second choice on your ballot paper.

If a candidate gets more than half of the first choice votes, they are elected.

If no-one gets more than half of the first choice votes, all candidates except the two who got the most votes are eliminated.

If your first choice vote was for someone who was eliminated and your second choice was for one of the top two candidates, your second choice vote is then counted.

Once second choice votes have been counted, the candidate with the highest total number of votes is elected.

If there are only two candidates, mayoral elections use the First Past the Post system. This means the candidate with the most votes is elected.