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How to vote

Voters will be given three ballot papers in the 2020 elections: one to vote for the Mayor of London and two for the London Assembly. 

Below shows how the ballot papers were used in the 2016 elections.

Votes for the Mayor used your PINK ballot paper

Pink ballot paper image for Mayor of London election

  • There were 2 choices for Mayor. 
  • Voting once [X] in column A for first choice. Each candidate was either a part of a political party or standing as an independent candidate.
  • Voting once [X] in column B for second choice.
  • For second choice to be valid it had to be different from the first choice.
  • If only a second choice was marked, votes were not counted.
  • Marking a second choice did not reduce the chances of your first choice candidate being successful.



Vote for your Constituency London Assembly Member used the YELLOW ballot paper

Yellow ballot paper image for London Assembly Constituency Member election

  • Voters chose who they wanted to represent their local area on the London Assembly.
  • They voted for only one candidate by putting a cross [X] next to their choice.
  • Your London Assembly constituency is not the same as your parliamentary constituency. It is made up of the local authority you live in and 1, 2 or 3 other London local authorities.




Vote for a London-wide Assembly Member used the ORANGE ballot paper

Orange ballot paper image for London-wide Assembly Member election

  • Voters chose who they wanted to represent the whole of London on the London Assembly.
  • They voted only once by putting a cross [X] in the box next to their choice.




For information on how your votes were counted, visit the Counting the votes page.


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