On Thursday 6 May 2021 there will be an election held across Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire to choose who will be the next West of England Mayor.
The Regional Mayor leads the West of England Combined Authority and makes decisions on issues that impact people living and working across the region, including, transport, homes, business, jobs and the economy.
The West of England Combined Authority also leads on the recovery plan for the region, to make sure that the right support and infrastructure is in place for residents and businesses to drive the region’s recovery.
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
The list of candidates standing in this election is now available.
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.
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 was Monday 19 April at midnight. To check your electoral registration, contact your council:
- Bath & North East Somerset – 01225 477 333 – email@example.com
- Bristol – 01179 223 400 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- South Gloucestershire – 01454 863 030 – email@example.com
You can check which council you belong to on the Find your local council website.
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.
You can find more information about voting and elections on the Government’s How to vote website.
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 was 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 was 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.]