Your Vote, Your Mayor, Your South Yorkshire, 5 May 2022. The South Yorkshire Mayoral election is on Thursday 5 May 2022

I AM A VOTER

On Thursday 5 May 2022, electors in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will be able to vote in the election for the Mayor.

The deadline to register to vote in the Mayoral Election is Thursday 14 April 2022. Votes will be counted and the result announced on 6 May 2022. The results of the Mayoral Election will be published on this website.

In the sections below you can find information on registering to vote, the different ways you can vote and advice on completing your ballot paper. Following the close of nominations on 5 April 2022, you will also find information on the candidates that are standing in the Mayoral Election.

Register to Vote

The electoral register (or Electoral Roll) is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. If you are not on the register, you cannot vote. 

Every local authority holds and manages the electoral register for their own area. To vote in the Mayoral Election you must be listed on the electoral register for either Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham or Sheffield Councils. 

Am I Registered to Vote? 

If you are already registered with one of these authorities, you will automatically receive a poll card around the last week of March. You do not need to do anything further. You will also receive a booklet with voting information about the Mayoral Election when it is posted out in April after all the candidates are known. 

How do I register to vote?

The easiest way to register is online on the Gov.uk website

If you can’t register online you can download and print a form from the Government website 

Or contact your local electoral services office.  

You can find the contact details for your local electoral services office in the ‘Useful Information’ section or by typing your postcode on the Electoral Commission website

You will need your full name, date of birth and National Insurance Number to register.

The deadline to register to vote in the Mayoral Election is Thursday 14 April 2022

Different Ways to Vote

Voting in the Mayoral Election can be done in 3 ways:

  • By post – by completing a ballot paper and postal voting statement and posting them back to your local electoral services office
  • In person - by going to your local polling station
  • By proxy - this is where you ask someone to vote on your behalf

Voting by Post

You can vote by post instead of going to a polling station on 5 May, providing you are on the electoral register and have applied for a postal vote before the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 19 April. 

You cannot apply online to vote by post although you may be able to request an application form when you register to vote online.

If you would like to vote by post you can ask your local electoral services office to send you an application form or you can download and print one from the Electoral Commission website.

Your completed application must be received by your local electoral services office by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022. The postal address can be found in the ‘Useful Information’ section or by typing your postcode on the electoral commission website.  

Postal voting packs, including the ballot paper and instructions for its completion, will be posted out from 19 April.

Voting in Person

If you are registered and entitled to vote, you will receive a poll card in the post before Polling Day on 5 May 2022.

The name and address of your polling station will be printed on the poll card that is delivered to you. You don’t need your poll card to vote.

Polling stations in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will be open between 7am and 10pm on 5 May 2022. 

When you arrive at your polling station, you will be asked for your name and address by the staff. They will check that you are registered and will hand you a ballot paper. 

Voting by Proxy

If you are registered to vote but are unable to get to the polling station on Polling Day (5 May), you can appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. 

If you would like to vote by proxy you will need to complete a proxy vote application form. You must provide a reason for applying for a proxy vote and there are different application forms depending on the reason. You can ask your local electoral services office to send you an application form or you can download and print one from the Electoral Commission website.  

The person you appoint as your proxy must be aged 18 years or over and they must be registered to vote at the election.

Your application must be received by your local electoral services office by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2022. The postal address can be found on the ‘Election Information’ page or by typing your postcode on the Electoral Commission website. 

Your proxy will receive a poll card before the 5 May telling them where to cast your vote. 

How to vote

As a Mayoral Election, the voting system is different to most other local elections. This is because the Mayoral Election uses the Supplementary Voting system. If there are three or more candidates you will have the opportunity to choose two candidates – your first choice candidate and your second choice candidate. You do not have to choose a second candidate if you don’t want to. 

On the Mayoral Election ballot paper there are two columns. Column A is for your first choice, and column B is for your second choice. 

Vote for your first choice candidate by putting an ‘X’ in the box next to their name in column A.

Vote for your second choice candidate by putting an ‘X’ in the box next to their name in column B.

You must use column A or your vote will not be counted. 

You should not mark more than one cross in the first-choice column and you should not mark more than one cross in the second-choice column. 

For your second choice to be valid it must be different to your first choice.

Who is elected?

The first choices are counted, and if a candidate has received more than 50% of the total votes cast they are elected.

If no candidate has more than 50% of the vote, all candidates apart from those in first and second place are eliminated. The votes showing a first choice for one of the eliminated candidates are checked for their second choice. Any second choice votes for the two remaining candidates are then added to their first choice votes. The candidate with the most votes wins and will be elected as the Mayor.

Who You Can Vote For

The list of confirmed candidates that are standing in the Mayoral Election has been published on this website following the close of nominations. 

A Candidate Information Booklet will be delivered by post around 19 April 2022 to every registered voter in the boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. The booklet will contain:

  • A list of every candidate standing in the Mayoral Election in alphabetical order
  • Information about the Mayor and how the Mayor will be elected
  • Information on how to complete your ballot paper, how you can vote and what to expect at your polling station
  • An Election Address (political statement) from each of the candidates