Results and turnout at the 2016 Greater London Authority elections


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The names of some 4.3% of those on the ‘final’ register in London were added between December 2015 and 13 March 2016, and a further 2.4% between 13 March and the deadline of 16 April. 

More than 3,500 postal electors were granted a waiver (0.42% of all such electors); proxies were appointed by over 9,000 London electors (0.17% of the total electorate) with about 550 emergency proxy votes recorded as being issued. 

Over 860,000 postal votes were issued – 15.0% of the eligible electorate.

Some 71.2% of those with a postal ballot returned it. In contrast turnout among those required to vote ‘in person’ was 42.1%.

The proportion of postal votes rejected or otherwise not included in the count was 3.7% compared with 4.6% at the last GLA elections in 2012. Rejection for a mismatch of signature and/or date of birth was three times as common as rejection for incomplete information.