How many candidates do I vote for in the London Mayor election?

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The London Mayoral race is the most competitive in history with 20 candidates vying to be named the next Mayor of London. Normally elections take place every four years, with six million voters heading to the polls to cast their ballots, but the scheduled election last May was postponed due to the Covid pandemic. The London Mayor election is different to the Parliamentary voting system which means the voting procedure is different.

London mayoral election day has almost arrived and more than six million Londoners are eligible to hit the polls to vote on whom they think should be the Mayor of London.

All Londoners aged 18 and above will be able to vote at least once on Thursday, May 6.

Some voters will be entitled to cast a selection for the London Assembly elections and other counts as well.

The May 2021 London Mayoral election is a record-breaker with 20 candidates standing as contenders in the race.

The London mayoral election was originally scheduled to take place last year but was postponed as the coronavirus pandemic raged in the UK.

The incumbent mayor, Labour candidate Sadiq Khan, is running for re-election against 19 others, including the Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey, the Liberal Democrat contender Luisa Porritt and the Green candidate Sian Berry.

The Mayor of London is an important political role which comes with a massive £19bn budget and is responsible for Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police and has a role in housing, planning and the environment – all key areas affecting most people’s lives.

All registered voters in London should have received a polling card outlining the details of where they will vote and the elections they will be casting their ballots in.

The full list of all candidates for mayor are as follows:

  1. Sadiq Khan: Labour Party
  2. Shaun Bailey: Conservative Party
  3. Luisa Porritt: Liberal Democrats
  4. Sian Berry: Green Party
  5. Laurence Fox: Reclaim Party
  6. Count Binface: Independent
  7. Kam Balayev: Renew Party
  8. Valerie Brown: The Burning Pink Party
  9. Piers Corbyn: Let London Live
  10. Max Fosh: Independent
  11. Peter Gammons: UKIP
  12. Richard Hewison: Rejoin EU
  13. Vanessa Hudson: Animal Welfare Party
  14. Steve Kelleher: Social Democratic Party
  15. David Kurten: Heritage Party
  16. Farah London: Independent
  17. Nims Obunge: Independent
  18. Niko Omilana: Independent
  19. Mandu Reid: Women’s Equality Party
  20. Brian Rose: London Real Party.

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How many candidates do I vote for in the London Mayor election?

The Mayor of London electoral system is the Supplementary Vote system which means voters pick a first and a second preference for Mayor.

If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the first-choice votes, all except the top two candidates are eliminated.

The second preferences are then allocated to the remaining contenders until one candidate emerges as the winner with a clear majority.

You must make a first choice vote for London Mayor or your vote will not be counted.

Each Mayoral vote must be for a different candidate – so you cannot vote for the same cannot as your first and second choice.

If voters only mark the first-choice column, their vote will still be counted, even if they choose not to mark the second-choice column.

When will the results for London Mayor be expected?

Election Day results are declared at different times depending on how quickly vote counts are completed and confirmed.

The results of the London mayor election are expected to be returned late on Saturday, although results on Sunday are also possible.

In terms of other London votes, results from the seven First Past the Post council seats (Bexley, Bromley, Brent, Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon, Havering, Redbridge, Lambeth, Southwark, the North East and West Central) are expected on Friday evening.

The remaining council seats are anticipated on Saturday afternoon or evening, including Barnet, Camden, City and East, Croydon, Sutton, Ealing, Haringey, Greenwich, Lewisham, Merton, Wandsworth and South West.

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