Poll cards will be posted from today (22 March) ahead of the West of England Mayoral Election. On Thursday 6 May, residents in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire will be able to vote for a West of England Regional Mayor.
The Regional Mayor leads the West of England Combined Authority; leading the development of regional business, skills, housing and transport – issues that impact people living and working across the region.
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.
In order to vote in this important election residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Candidates interested in standing for election can find out more from the West of England Combined Authority website. A nomination paper will need to be prepared and submitted between 23 March and no later than 4pm on Thursday 8 April.
A list of candidates standing in the election will be available from 9 April. A booklet with details of the candidates standing at the West of England Mayoral Election will be posted to all electors from 14 April.
Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.
Combined Authority Returning Officer, Shahzia Daya said: “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May. You can vote either vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy.
“However you choose to vote, you must be registered in order to have your say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
“If you decide to vote by post, don’t wait until the deadline to apply. Sending your application now will make sure it is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the election are confirmed. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.”
Across the region there are also Police & Crime Commissioner elections taking place. In Bristol there will also be local elections and an election for a Bristol Mayor.
For further information on the West of England Mayoral election visit westofengland-ca.gov.uk/election2021. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.