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Ways of voting

There were three ways voters could vote in the Mayoral of London & London Assembly elections: in person, by post or by proxy. You were not able to vote online.

The deadline to register to vote in these elections was 18 April. You can find more information about the different ways of voting at UK elections on the About My Vote website.

At your polling station


Before 5 May voters were sent a poll card which included details of where your polling station was. You didn’t need to take the poll card with you to vote, but it was helpful for staff.

Voters could vote at the polling station stated on their card. On 5 May local polling stations were open between 7am and 10pm for you to cast your votes. Voters were encouraged to arrive in plenty of time. By law, if you were not in the polling station or in a queue outside waiting for your ballot papers by 10pm, you weren’t able to vote.

When voters arrived at the polling station they were asked for their name and address. Staff check voters were on the register and then give them three ballot papers. They also helped voters on how to understand how to fill them out too.

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Applying to vote by post or by proxy

The deadline for applying to vote by post in the 2016 Mayor of London & London Assembly elections was 19 April.

The deadline for applying to vote by proxy was 26 April.

By post


If you were a registered postal voter, you should have received your three ballot papers about one week before polling day. Voters had to return them so that they were delivered to their council by 10pm on 5 May in the envelopes provided.

If you did not post your ballot papers and postal voting statement in time, you were able to deliver it by hand on polling day. This could have been at any polling station in your borough or to your borough’s electoral registration office.

By proxy


If voters applied to have someone vote on their behalf (proxy), they were encouraged to make sure that they know the candidates they wished to vote for.


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