Guidance and resources that you need if you are a candidate or agent at a local authority mayoral election in England

The UK government has made legislation to reduce the number of subscribers that are required by each candidate for some elections. We have updated the guidance and resources on this page accordingly.

We have issued supplementary guidance to support candidates and agents participating in polls during the coronavirus pandemic:

Click here for guidance on combined authority mayoral elections in England

An overview document gives instructions on how to use this guidance and who does what at these elections.

We have produced a timetable with all of the relevant deadlines for the 6 May 2021 Local authority mayoral elections, which can be viewed here:

We have also produced a document for people who want to know the basics about elections, the roles of different organisations and where to find more information.

Part 1

Can you stand for election?

This part covers:

  • Qualifications for standing for election
  • Disqualifications from standing for election

Part 2a

Standing as an independent candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • The deposit
  • What happens after the close of nominations
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies
Part 2b

Standing as a party candidate

This part covers:

  • Completing and submitting your nomination papers
  • The deposit
  • What happens after the close of nominations
  • Appointing your election agent and other agents
  • What happens if a candidate dies
Part 4

The campaign

This part covers:

  • Campaigning dos and don'ts
  • Using the electoral register and absent voters' lists
  • Using schools and rooms for public meetings
  • Imprints on campaign publicity material
  • The mayoral address
  • Polling day dos and don'ts
  • Reporting allegations of electoral malpractice
Part 5

Your right to attend key electoral events

This part covers:

  • Attending the opening of postal votes and what to expect
  • Attending polling stations and what to expect
  • Attending the count and what to expect
Part 6

After the declaration of results

This part covers:

  • Making the declaration of acceptance of office
  • Access to election paperwork
  • Submitting your spending returns and declarations
  • Questioning the result through an election petition