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Registering to vote

Registering to vote

If you are registered, you can vote in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections on Thursday 7 May 2020 in person, by proxy or by post.

The deadline for registering to vote in person is Tuesday 21 April 2020.

There is more detail about the other ways to vote further down the page.

Registering to vote in the next election

You can register to vote online.

To vote in the next Mayor of London and London Assembly elections on Thursday 7 May 2020 you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • live in London
  • be at least 18 years old on the day of the elections
  • be a British citizen, a European Union citizen or a Commonwealth citizen who has or does not require leave to remain in the UK

Remember, being registered with the council for services and paying council tax will not automatically include you on the electoral register.

British citizens living overseas can’t vote in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections.

 

Registering to vote in future elections

You can register to vote online.

You can register if you are:

  • 16 years old or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18 years old)
  • a British, Irish, European Union or qualifying Commonwealth citizen

If you are not registered, you cannot vote in any UK election or referendum.

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The different ways to vote

There are three ways you can vote in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections:

  • in person at a polling station
  • by post
  • by proxy

You can find more information about the different ways of voting in UK elections by visiting the Electoral Commission website

At a polling station

Before polling day - Thursday 7 May 2020 - you will be sent a poll card which will include details of where your polling station is.

You do not need to take the poll card with you to vote, but it will help polling station staff find your address on the voting register.

When you arrive at the polling station you will be asked for your name and address. Staff will check you are on the register and then give you three ballot papers. Staff can also help you understand how to fill them out.

Find my polling station

By post

If you are already registered to vote by post, you will receive your ballot papers before polling day.

Apply for a postal vote

If you do not post your ballot papers and postal voting statement in time for them to arrive by polling day, you can deliver it by hand on polling day - Thursday 7 May 2020. This can be at any polling station in your borough or to your borough’s electoral registration office.

Find my polling station

The deadline to register or change an existing postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

By proxy

If you apply to have someone vote on your behalf (a ‘proxy’ vote), you should make sure they know who you want to vote for.

The deadline for changes to an existing proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

The deadline to register for a new proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

In limited circumstances, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote application up to 5pm on polling day.

Apply to vote by proxy

Here are all the voting registration deadlines:

  • the deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday 21 April 2020
  • the deadline to register for, or change an existing, postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 22 April 2020
  • the deadline to register for, or change an existing, proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 29 April 2020