You can also download our full report, written by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher (Elections Centre, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA).
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.