Directly Elected Mayors in England (including the London Mayor)
The voting system
Who am I voting
All local councils in England have a Mayor. Most are chosen by
the council, however, in some areas the Mayor is directly elected
by the voters at the same time as they vote for their
There is also a Mayor of London with a
wider range of powers than local council Mayors.
How to vote
Always read the instructions for filling in the ballot paper
carefully, even if you have voted before.
The ballot paper lists the name of
each candidate along with their party name, party logo and their
There are two columns next to each
name. You should put an X (a cross) in the left-hand column next to
your first preference for Mayor and an X (a cross) in the
right-hand column next to your second preference for Mayor.
In 2007 some areas undertook pilot
schemes whereby the two columns were replaced by a single column,
and voters were asked to put a 1 next to their first choice for
Mayor and a 2 next to their second choice for Mayor. Please read
the ballot paper carefully to ensure that you have filled it in
If you make a mistake then you can ask
the polling staff to give you another ballot paper.
You may also be voting in other
elections on the same day.
Who is elected?
The first preferences are counted, and if a candidate has
received more than 50% of the votes cast they are elected.
If no candidate has more than 50% of
the vote, all candidates apart from those in the first and second
place are eliminated. The votes showing a first preference for one
of the eliminated candidates are checked for their second
preference. Any second preference votes for the two remaining
candidates are then added to their first preference votes and the
candidate with the most votes wins.