The Assembly acts as the eyes and ears of Londoners at City Hall. Assembly Members hold the Mayor to account by examining Mayoral strategies, decisions and actions to make sure they are in the public interest.
The Mayor makes decisions that affect Londoners' lives. This includes decisions about policing, transport, housing, fire and emergency planning, the environment, culture, economic development, regeneration, planning and development, and tackling health inequalities.
The position of Mayor of London was created in 2000 to be the elected voice of the capital and champion London both at home and abroad.
To vote in Mayor of London and London Assembly elections you must be registered to vote, aged 18 or over, live in London (or Greater London) and be a British, EU or Commonwealth citizen who has or doesn't require leave to remain in the UK.
If you are unsure if you can vote (you may be in the armed forces, a student, have no fixed address) contact your local Borough Elections Office to find out.
The London elections use 3 voting systems so the count is different for the Mayoral, London-wide and Constituency Assembly member contests.
In 2021 the votes were counted at the Excel Centre, Kensington Olympia and Alexandra Palace, with the final announcement of Mayor and London-wide Assembly Members made from City Hall. The Constituency Assembly Member declarations were made from the Count Centres.
We uses an electronic vote-counting system that has been extensively tested and audited. Results were verified before being declared.
Tellers work for parties and may ask for your poll card number. This is so they can check who's voted and contact those who haven't. You don't have to give them any information. If you have concerns speak to polling station staff.
When you apply to vote by post you must supply your signature and date of birth. When you vote you supply these details again which are checked against those on your application. Your personal details are separated from your vote before it is counted.
Voting by proxy
To apply for a proxy vote in future elections, you first need to be registered to vote. Then you need to download, complete and return the proxy vote application form to your Borough Elections Office by the proxy voting deadline.
Your nominated person will receive a proxy poll card telling them where to vote.
If you're unable to get to your polling station for a reason you only became aware a few days before polling day, you may be eligible for an emergency proxy vote.