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Mayoral elections

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

You can no longer register to vote for the elections in England on Thursday 3 May. The deadline was Tuesday 17 April.

You can still register to vote for other future elections at

Elections in your area


Enter your postcode to find out whether there are elections taking place in your area on 3 May.

Register to vote

If you are already registered to vote and your details haven't changed, you don't need to re-register to vote.

If you've never registered to vote, or have recently moved house, register now at

To vote in a mayoral election on Thursday 3 May, you need to register by midnight tonight.

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.

Casting your vote

You can vote in person at your polling station. You will receive a poll card from your council telling you where your polling station is.

The deadline to apply to vote by post has now passed. You can still apply to vote by proxy. This means appointing someone to vote on your behalf.

You need to submit an application to your local council to do this.

Find out more about voting by proxy

Easy read guide to voting

This guide explains how to register to vote as well as the different types of voting. It also has key dates for the elections in May.

Read the easy read guide to voting at the May 2018 elections (PDF)

It was produced with Mencap, the charity for people with a learning disability.

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