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Postal vote deadline: When is the postal vote deadline for the London mayoral election?
May 3, 2021
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The London mayoral election was originally intended to take place last year but was postponed due to the emergency Coronavirus Act 2020. Sadiq Khan will go head-to-head with Tory candidate Shaun Bailey – among others – in the showdown for the governing position later this week. The Labour Party frontrunner currently has a strong lead in the polls with 63 percent, compared to his Conservative counterpart’s 37 percent. This year sees a record-breaking 20 candidates standing in the race for Mayor of London, with six million people registered to vote on Thursday.
When is the postal vote deadline for the London mayoral elections?
This election will see the electorate able to vote in person at a local polling station on May 6, or vote by post or proxy for those who can’t or would rather not attend.
Unfortunately, however, the deadline to register for both votes has now passed.
The postal vote registration deadline was on April 20, while the deadline to register for an in-person vote passed on April 19.
If you’ve already registered and haven’t sent off your postal ballot yet – fear not as it’s not too late.
Your postal vote pack has to reach your local council by 10pm on Thursday, May 6, so make sure you’ve left ample time for it to arrive by post.
Ideally, you should post your ballot no later than May 4 just to make sure it arrives in time as the pandemic has inevitably impacted postal services.
If you’ve missed the post, you’ve got yet another option to register your vote in this election.
You can take your completed postal pack with you to your local polling station anytime between 7am and 10pm on Election Day this Thursday.
With a vast number of elections taking place across the country, Royal Mail and the Electoral Commission have also urged those voting by post not to delay in sending their pack back.
Postal voters will be able to make use of Royal Mail’s extensive network when returning their ballot, including 35,000 priority boxes designed to help the Government’s testing programme.
Royal Mail is expected to run a special postmark on stamped mail as a further reminder to post early on May 4.
David Gold, director of external affairs and policy at Royal Mail said: “Given the ongoing impact of the pandemic, we recognise the vita role postal votes have to play in the upcoming May 6 elections.
“Do look out for your ballot pack – with its distinctive purple flash – and post as early as you can to make sure your vote is safely counted.”
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You just need to follow a few quick steps to fill out your postal pack:
Use all three votes by placing an ‘X’ next to your preferred candidate as well as your second and third choices.
Fill in the postal vote statement, making sure not to miss your date of birth.
Put your completed ballots into envelope ‘A’ and seal it.
Put envelope ‘A’ into envelope ‘B’ and seal that as well.
Pop it in the post as soon as you can.
What other elections are taking place on May 6?
May 6 is one of the biggest election days in recent history thanks to the numerous votes taking place across the UK.
Scotland will vote to elect officials to the Parliament of Holyrood, while Wales will follow suit with the Senedd Cymru (Welsh Parliament) elections.
England has a number of local elections going on, as well as votes for regional mayors and Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).
To find out which elections are happening near you and how to get involved, you can find outhere.