Greater London Authority Elections 2024

On Thursday 2 May 2024, the Greater London Authority Elections (Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections) will take place.

If you are entitled to vote at any of these elections, you will receive a poll card with more information.

 

Notice of election

The Greater London Authority published the Notice of Election on Tuesday 19 March 2024. Visit London Elects – notice of election.

Statement of persons nominated and notice of poll – North East Constituency

See Statement of persons nominated and notice of poll – North East Constituency (google doc).

Statement of persons nominated – London Mayor

See Statement of persons nominated – London Mayor (google doc)

Notice of appointment of election agents

See Notice of appointment of election agents (google doc).

Mayor of London’s responsibilities

The Mayor’s job is to make London a better place for everyone to live, work and visit.

They are responsible for a budget of £17bn to support Transport for London run public transport, policing and fire services across London. They are also responsible setting the overall vision for the capital on issues including:

  • planning
  • health
  • arts and culture
  • health
  • the environment

The Mayor also sets a share of the Council Tax to fund their work and initiatives.

The Mayor of London is elected for a four year term, with the next GLA elections taking place in 2028.

Understanding the London Assembly

The London Assembly holds the Mayor, Deputy Mayors and Mayoral advisers to account by publicly examining their policies and programmes.

Assembly Members examine the Mayor’s actions and decisions. They also act as champions for Londoners by investigating issues impacting the capital.

The London assembly consists of 25 members – 11 represent the whole capital and areas known as constituencies elect 14.

Like the Mayor of London, Assembly members are elected for a four year term.

Mayoral booklet

By law, all electors must receive the mayoral booklet.  Look out for yours in the post from the Greater London Returning Officer. The booklet contains an election address, or statement, from all those candidates for the Mayor of London who chose to be included.

The content is the responsibility of the candidates themselves, provided they follow legal requirements, and the views expressed are their own. Their names and details appear in random order. Drawing lots determines the order they appear in.

Requirements to vote

All electors must be 18 years of age on or before Thursday 2 May 2024.

You need to be on the Hackney Register of Electors to vote. If you’re not registered, you can’t vote.

Registered British, Commonwealth, Irish, and European Union citizens can vote. British overseas electors cannot vote.

Register to vote

To vote in the 2 May 2024 Mayor of London and London Assembly elections you must be:

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

If you are not registered to vote, you can register online by visiting GOV.UK – Register to vote.

Remember, registering with the council for services and paying Council Tax will not automatically enrol you on the electoral register.

If you are unsure whether you’re registered, you can check by calling 0208 356 3232 or emailing electoralservices@hackney.gov.uk.

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

Voting in a Polling Station

Polling Stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.

If you arrive at the Polling Station before 10pm and are still waiting to vote at 10pm, you can still cast your vote.

You are not allowed to take any photographs in polling stations.

Postal voting

If you are a postal voter, we must receive your completed postal vote pack by 10pm on polling day, Thursday 2nd May 2024.

Ensure you post your postal vote in enough time so Royal Mail can deliver it.

If you have applied to vote by post, you cannot vote in person at the polling station. However, on polling day you can return your postal vote to a polling station in Hackney before 10pm.

A change in the law takes effect from this election for postal votes handed in, in person, to Hackney Town Hall or any Polling Station. If you return your postal vote in person to Hackney Town Hall or at a Polling Station you are now required to fill out a new government issued form at that location before the Postal Vote can be accepted. If you do not fully complete the form, your postal votes will not count. The change in the law all limits the number of postal votes you can hand in to your own plus five others. We advise, where possible, to return your Postal Vote via Royal Mail in advance of polling day.

How to vote for the Mayor of London

A recent change in the law has changed the way we vote for the Mayor of London, as well as other directly elected mayors in England (including the recent Mayor of Hackney election in November 2023)

Previously under the Supplementary vote system, voters were able to make a first and second choice vote. Under the new system, voters can make one choice only. This system is called First Past the Post. This is the same as is  used for UK Parliamentary elections (MPs).

The way we vote for the London Assembly has not changed.

Completing your ballot papers

Page updated on: 3 April 2024