Governance/Mayoral Election

I am a Voter

On Thursday 3 May 2018, electors in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will be able to vote in the election for the Mayor.

The deadline to register to vote in the Mayoral Election was Tuesday 17 April 2018 Votes will be counted and the result announced on 4 May 2018. The results of the Mayoral Election will be published on this website.

In the sections below you can find information on registering to vote, the different ways you can vote and advice on completing your ballot paper. You will also find information on the candidates that are standing in the Mayoral Election.

Who can I vote for?

Seven candidates are standing for election for the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. They will be listed alphabetically on the ballot paper.

The Mayoral candidates are:

  • David Allen, English Democrats – “A Parliament for England!”
  • Mick Bower, The Yorkshire Party
  • Dan Jarvis, Labour and Co-operative Party
  • Naveen Judah, South Yorkshire Save Our NHS
  • Hannah Kitching, Liberal Democrats
  • Rob Murphy, Green Party Candidate
  • Ian Walker, The Conservative Party Candidate

Mayoral Candidate Information Booklet

The Combined Authority Returning Officer is required by law to send a copy of this Candidate Information Booklet to every registered voter in South Yorkshire. The booklet contains:

  • A list of every candidate standing in the Mayoral Election in alphabetical order
  • Information about the Mayor and how the Mayor will be elected
  • Information on how to complete your ballot paper, how you can vote and what to expect at your polling station
  • An Election Address (political statement) from each of the candidates who have opted to be included in the booklet
Sheffield City Region Mayoral Election Brochure

Sheffield City Region Mayoral Election Brochure

The booklet has been delivered to electors and is also available to download here: SCR Mayoral Information Booklet

How do I register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote in the Mayoral Election was Tuesday 17 April 2018. If you are not currently registered to vote in the area where you live, you can register in one of the following ways:

Online: You can register online: here

By post: You can download and print the form: here 

By telephone: You can contact your local electoral services office. You can find the contact details for your local electoral services office in the ‘Useful Information’ section or by typing your postcode here

You will need your full name, date of birth and National Insurance Number to register.

Voting by post

The deadline to register for a postal vote was 5pm on 18 April.

If you would like to vote by post in future elections you will need to download and complete the postal vote application form here and return it to your Local Electoral Registration Office.

The postal address for your Local Electoral Registration Office can be found in the ‘Useful Information’ section (below) or by typing your postcode here

Postal voting packs, including the ballot paper and instructions for its completion, were posted out from 16 April.

Voting in person

If you are registered and entitled to vote, you will receive a poll card in the post before Polling Day on 3 May 2018.

 The name and address of your polling station will be printed on the poll card that is delivered to you. You don’t need your poll card to vote.

Polling stations in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will be open between 7am and 10pm on 3 May 2018.

When you arrive at your polling station, you will be asked for your name and address by the staff. They will check that you are registered and will hand you a ballot paper.

Voting by proxy

If you are registered to vote but are unable to get to the polling station on Polling Day (3 May), you can appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf.

In an emergency, where circumstances arise after 5pm on 25 April which mean that due to your health, occupation, service or employment you cannot go to the polling station in person, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the poll.

Application forms for emergency proxy appointments are available here.

How to vote

As a Mayoral Election, the voting system is different to most other local elections. This is because the Mayoral Election will use the Supplementary Voting system. If there are three or more candidates you will have the opportunity to choose two candidates – your first choice candidate and your second choice candidate. You do not have to choose a second candidate if you don’t want to.

On the Mayoral Election ballot paper there are two columns. Column A is for your first choice, and column B is for your second choice.

  • Vote for your first choice candidate by putting an ‘X’ in the box next to their name in column A.
  • Vote for your second choice candidate by putting an ‘X’ in the box next to their name in column B.
  • You must use column A or your vote will not be counted.
  • You should not mark more than one cross in the first-choice column and you should not mark more than one cross in the second-choice column.
  • For your second choice to be valid it must be different to your first choice.
Sheffield City Region Mayoral Election

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