On Thursday 6 May 2021 there will be an election to choose who will be the next West of England Mayor. The election will be held across Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire council areas.
The election will be co-ordinated by the West of England Combined Authority who will act as the Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO). This means that WECA has responsibility for liaising with candidates, producing a mayoral booklet, declaring the result and ensuring a consistent approach to delivering the election across all three council areas.
The polling will be managed by Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils.
The West of England Mayoral election uses the supplementary voting system. Electors will have two votes – one for your first-choice candidate and one, if you wish, for your second-choice candidate.
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Candidates standing in this election
If you are interested in standing for this election, further information is available from the Electoral Commission. This website will also be updated throughout this process.
Nominations can be submitted to the CARO on specified times between Tuesday 23 March and Thursday 8 April – find more details here.
A more detailed timetable for candidates can be downloaded here.
The list of candidates standing in this election will be available from 9 April.
A mayoral booklet listing information about the election and a statement from each of the candidates will be delivered to all electors in mid-April.
A PDF version of the mayoral booklet will be available here. A plain text version will be available here.
If you require this information in a different format, you can contact your local council.
How can I vote?
To vote in this election you need to be on your council’s electoral register. The deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday 19 April at midnight. To check your electoral registration, contact your council:
- Bath & North East Somerset – 01225 477 333 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bristol – 01179 223 400 – email@example.com
- South Gloucestershire – 01454 863 030 – firstname.lastname@example.org
To check which council you belong to visit: www.gov.uk/find-local-council.
Voting at a polling station
Your polling station will be listed on your poll card. For more information about how or where to vote, contact the relevant electoral services team for your council as above.
For more information about voting and elections visit: www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk.
Voting by post
Postal vote packs for this election will be sent around two weeks before the date of the election. Please contact the electoral services team at your local council if you are concerned you may not receive your postal vote in time.
The deadline for applying to vote by post is Tuesday 20 April at 5pm. If you are unable to get to your polling station on polling day, you can still apply to vote by proxy.
Voting by proxy
Proxy voting is when you get someone else to vote on your behalf if you cannot get to your polling station. Your proxy will be able to vote on your behalf at your polling station. The deadline for receiving new proxy application forms is Tuesday 27 April at 5pm.
[Note – the government is amending secondary legislation to further support proxy voting for those people who are affected by the pandemic close to polling day. For more information contact your local council.]