The Mayor of London and London Assembly represent the people living in London.
They work with London’s councils, central government and other organisations on different aspects of London life.
The Mayor of London sets a vision for the city, and the budget to put that vision into action.
The London Assembly holds the mayor to account and investigates issues that are important to London.
There are 25 Assembly Members in total. 14 represent constituencies, and 11 represent all of London.
Voting in these elections
Elections for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly take place every four years.
At these elections, you vote for:
- the Mayor of London
- your constituency London Assembly Member
- the London-wide Assembly Members
Mayor of London election
The Mayor of London election uses the Supplementary Vote system (SV).
The ballot paper for the Mayor of London election is pink. It will list the candidates for mayor, with two columns for marking your first choice and second choice.
In the first column, you mark a cross next to the candidate who is your first choice. For your vote to be counted, you need to cast a first choice vote.
In the second column, you can mark a cross next to the candidate who is your second choice. You don’t have to mark a second choice.
You can vote for the same candidate for your first and second choice, if you want to. Your vote will not be rejected if you do this. However, only your first choice vote for the candidate will be counted.
Constituency London Assembly Member
The Constituency London Assembly Member election uses first-past-the-post voting.
The ballot paper for the Constituency London Assembly Member election is yellow. It will list the candidates for your London Assembly constituency (this is different to your parliamentary constituency).
You can only vote for one candidate, by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice.
London-wide Assembly Member
The London Assembly election uses the additional member system.
The ballot paper for the London-wide Assembly Member is orange. It will list the parties that have candidates.
You can only vote once, by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice.