How to vote
You will have three ballot papers in the 2016 elections: one to vote for the Mayor of London and two for the London Assembly.
Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm.
Mayor of London - Pink coloured ballot paper
- This is for the person you would like to be Mayor of London
- You can cast a first and second choice from the list of candidates. Each candidate will either be part of a political party or standing as an independent candidate
- Vote for your first choice candidate by marking a cross (X) in the first choice column
- Vote for your second choice candidate by marking a cross (X) in the second choice column
- If you only mark a first choice, your vote will still be counted – you can choose not to mark a second candidate
- If you only mark a second choice and not a first choice, your vote will not be counted
- If you give the same candidate your first and second choice, only your first choice will be counted
- Marking a second choice cannot reduce the chances of your first choice being successful
- Only one of your choices is counted towards the final result so you still only get one vote
Constituency London Assembly Member - Yellow coloured ballot paper
- This is for the person who you would like to represent you in the London Assembly from your local constituency
- You can cast one vote for a candidate. Each candidate will either be part of a political party or standing as an independent candidate
- Mark one cross (X) next to the candidate you wish to vote for
- The candidates and political parties will vary between each constituency, but you can only cast your vote for your particular constituency
- Your London Assembly constituency is not the same as your parliamentary constituency. It is made up of the local authority you live in and one, two or three other London local authorities
London-wide Assembly Member - Orange coloured ballot paper
- This is for the party or independent candidate that you would like to have a London-wide Member seat on the Assembly
- You can cast one vote for a political party or an individual standing as an independent candidate
For information on how your votes will be counted, please view the ‘Counting the votes’ page.