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How to vote

Voters were given three ballot papers in the 2016 elections: one to vote for the Mayor of London and two for the London Assembly.

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 wasl either be 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 first choice.
  • If only a second choice was marked, votes were not counted.
  • Marking a second choice didn’n’t reduce the chances of your first choice candidate being successful.


How do I vote for the London Assembly?

In the election for the London Assembly, you have 2 ballot papers.

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

Yellow ballot paper image for London Assembly Constituency Member election

  • Choose who you wanted to represent your local area on the London Assembly.
  • Voting for only one candidate by putting a cross [X] next to your 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

  • Choose who you wanted to represent the whole of London on the London Assembly.
  • Voting only once by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice.




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


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