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 is 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 when this becomes available following close of nominations on 6 April 2018
The electoral register (or Electoral Roll) is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. If you are not on the register, you cannot vote.
Every local authority holds and manages the electoral register for residents in their own area. To vote in the Mayoral Election you must live in one of the following boroughs: Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham or Sheffield. You must also be listed on the electoral register for either Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham or Sheffield Councils.
If you are already registered as a voter with one of these authorities you do not need to do anything further. You will automatically receive a poll card around the last week of March. You will also receive a booklet with voting information about the Mayoral Election when it is posted out in April after all the candidates are known.
You can register to vote in the area where you live 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.
The deadline to register to vote in the Mayoral Election is Tuesday 17 April 2018.
You can vote by post instead of going to a polling station on 3 May, providing you are on the electoral register and have applied for a postal vote before the deadline of 5pm on 18 April.
You cannot apply online to vote by post although you may be able to request an application form when you register to vote online.
If you would like to vote by post you will need to download and complete the postal vote application form here. You can also ask your local electoral registration office to send you the form.
Your completed application form must be received by your local electoral registration office by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018. The postal address 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, will be posted out from 16 April.
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.
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.
If you would like to vote by proxy you will need to complete a proxy vote application form. You must provide a reason for applying for a proxy vote and there are different application forms depending on the reason.
You can find the right proxy vote application form for you here. Just complete and sign the form and post it back to your local electoral services office.
The person you appoint as your proxy must be aged 18 years or over and they must be registered to vote at the election.
Your completed application form must be received by your local electoral services office by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018. The postal address can be found in the ‘Useful Information’ section or by typing your postcode here
Your proxy will receive a poll card before the 3 May telling them where to cast your vote.
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.
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.