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How to vote

In the 2016 Mayor of London and London Assembly elections, you will have three votes. One is for the Mayor of London and two are for the London Assembly.

To cast your three votes you will be given three ballot papers. If you want to find out more about what the Mayor of London and London Assembly do, please view our dedicated webpage.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm.

How to fill in your ballot papers

Mayor of London:

Pink ballot paper image for Mayor of London election

  • This is your pink coloured ballot paper
  • You can cast a first and second choice from the list of candidates who will either be part of a political party or standing as an independent candidate
  • This is for the person you would like to be your Mayor of London
  • 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 ballot paper image for London Assembly Constituency Member election

  • This is your yellow coloured ballot paper
  • You can cast one vote for a candidate who 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
  • This is for the person who you would like to represent you in your local constituency
  • The candidates and political parties will vary between each constituency, but you can only cast your vote for your particular constituency

London-wide Assembly Member:

Orange ballot paper image for London-wide Assembly Member election

  • This is your orange coloured ballot paper
  • You can cast one vote for a political party or an individual standing as an independent candidate
  • This is for the party or independent candidate that you would like to have a London-wide Member seat on the Assembly

For more information please download our detailed factsheet below. For information on how your votes will be counted, please view the ‘Counting the votes’ page.

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