What is the Mayor of the West of England Election?
The position of the Mayor of the West of England was agreed in the 2016 budget as part of the effort to create a “Western powerhouse” similar to the Northern powerhouse strategy by devolving power to Western England.
What are their responsibilities?
The combined authority has jurisdiction over education (responsibility for the adult education budget), local investment (allocation of an annual £30 million investment fund) and transport (including franchised bus services and a consolidated transport budget, with a multi-year settlement)
Why is voting in this election important?
Voting is your opportunity to make your voice heard, in this election you can steer the direction of your local area in terms of how investment is allocated and the type of leadership you desire for your town or city.
How the election works:
- be registered to vote
- be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’) (16 or over in Scotland)
- be a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen
- be registered at an address in the area you want to vote in (within the combined authority region)
- not be legally excluded from voting
You will need to register to vote before the election (a deadline will be announced nearer to polling day) you will then be made aware of which polling station to vote at, you can also apply for a postal vote (anyone can do this.)
As this election uses the Supplementary Vote system (SV) you will select a first and second preference, if a candidate gets over 50% in the first preference they are automatically elected, if not then every candidate except the top 2 are eliminated; the second preference votes from those candidates are then allocated to the remaining candidates and the candidate with the most votes is elected.