How to Vote

How the Metro Mayor election works

The voting system used for this election is the Supplementary Voting System. You are entitled to two votes – one for your first choice, and another for your second choice.  You do not have to vote for a second choice.

If no candidate gets more than 50% plus one vote, then the first round of votes moves into a second round.  Only the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes goes through to the second round.  All the second choices from the candidates who did not go through to the second round are then allocated to the two candidates who remain.

The election for West of England Metro Mayor will be held on May 4 2017.  Below are details of how you can register to vote, apply for a postal or proxy vote, and find your nearest polling station.

Make your voice count

Your vote will make all the difference in the Metro Mayor election on 4 May.  Before you vote you need to be on the electoral register. All you need to register to vote is your National Insurance number.

Register to vote here

Even if you don’t vote – but please do! – registration is compulsory. You will find problems if not registered when you apply for credit, mobiles etc, because lenders use the register to check your name and address.

Easier voting

Postal voting means your vote is sent to you if you are busy, studying or working away on 4 May.  You never know, so plan ahead and make sure your vote counts! You can ask for a postal vote by contacting your local authority.
If you live or study abroad or away from home or have a baby due, think about a proxy vote, which is asking someone else to vote on your behalf.

If you live in Bristol

Deadline to register to vote: 13 April
Deadline to register for a postal vote: 5pm on the 18 April
Deadline to register for a proxy vote: 5pm on the 25 April

If you live in Bath and North East Somerset

Deadline to register to vote: 13 April
Deadline to register for a postal vote: 18 April
Deadline to register for a proxy vote: 18 April

If you live in South Gloucestershire

Deadline to register to vote: 13 April
Deadline to register for a postal vote: 18 April
Deadline to register for a proxy vote: 25 April

Published and promoted by Rebecca Ward, Tony Benn House, Bristol, BS1 6AY