The different ways to vote
You can vote in the Mayoral Election in person at your polling station, by post or by proxy.
At your polling station
All polling stations in Greater Manchester will be open between 7am and 10pm.
If you are registered and entitled to vote you will receive a poll card before the election, telling you the address of your polling station and other important information. Please make sure you read it carefully.
You don’t need to take your poll card with you to the polling station when you go to vote.
When you arrive at your polling station, you will be asked for your name, address and your Voter ID by the staff.
Your Voter ID can be your passport, driving licence, some types of bus pass or proof of age card, even if it's out of date, as long as it still looks like you - check you have at least one form of ID on the list and if not, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.
The staff will check that you are registered and that your Voter ID is acceptable, before you can be issued with your ballot papers for the elections taking place on that day.
Applying for a postal vote
Before you apply for a postal vote you must be registered to vote (external website).
The deadline to apply for a postal vote in these elections is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April 2024.
You can now apply for a postal vote online (external website). You will need your Date of Birth and National Insurance number or other identity documents.
Alternatively you can download, print and fill in the postal vote application form (external website).
Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it to your Electoral Registration Office at your local Council by the deadline above.
If you have already registered to vote by post you will be sent a postal voting pack containing your ballot papers for elections taking place in your area on 2 May 2024, a postal voting statement requiring your signature and Date of Birth and a return envelope which does not require a stamp.
Your postal vote will arrive from 19 April 2024. If you have not received your postal pack by Friday 26 April please contact your Electoral Services Team.
You should leave plenty of time to return your postal vote. If you don’t manage to post it in time you can return it by hand before 10pm on polling day to your local Electoral Services Office or a polling station in the electoral area. As a result of recent changes to the law, you must complete a short form when returning a postal vote in this way, otherwise your postal vote won’t be counted. You can return 5 postal votes plus your own, when returning them in person.
What is a proxy vote?
If you cannot vote in person on polling day, you can ask someone to do it on your behalf. This is called voting by proxy.
Your proxy should be someone you trust, and who knows who you want to vote for.
Your proxy can be anyone provided they are registered and eligible to vote in the election. They can go to a polling station to vote or apply to vote for you by post.
Applying for a proxy vote?
If you would like to vote by proxy in this election, you can apply online (external website). You will need your Date of Birth and National Insurance number.
If you would like a long-term proxy vote, you need to download, print and complete the relevant form (external website).
Your completed form should be returned to the Electoral Registration Officer at your local Council.
The deadline to apply for a proxy vote in these elections is 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2024.