Here’s everything you need to know about voting in the upcoming mayoral and local elections this May.

On Thursday May 2 residents will have their say on who will become the next Mayor of Salford and the next Mayor of Greater Manchester. There will also be a chance to vote for local councillors on this day.

  • The count for Salford’s City Mayoral election will take place on Saturday afternoon on May 4 and the results will be announced later that day.
  • The count for the GMCA mayoral election will also take place on Saturday May 4, with the results declared in the afternoon.

For each day of voting, polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm.

In addition to this, the count for Salford’s local councillors will take place on Sunday May 5 and the results will be announced later that day.

In order to vote residents must be on the electoral register and, if they will be voting in a polling station, have a valid form of Voter ID.

Valid photographic ID includes a passport, driving licence, and some types of bus pass or proof of age card. The ID can be out of date providing that the picture still looks like you, however it must be the original version and not a photocopy. Voters should check they have at least one form of Photo ID on this list and if not, apply for a Voter Authority Certificate(VAC).

The deadline to apply for a free voter ID is 5pm on Wednesday April 24.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday April 16. With the deadline fast approaching, residents not already registered at their current address are urged to make sure they are registered in time.

Residents will need their National Insurance number when registering to vote online.

Residents can also vote by post or by proxy (appointing someone to vote on your behalf). The deadline to apply for a postal vote in these elections is 5pm on Wednesday April 17. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm Wednesday April 24.

The deadline for nominations for candidates is 4pm on Friday April 5. Everyone registered to vote in Salford will receive two mayoral candidate booklets, one for those standing in the GMCA Mayoral election and one for those standing in the Salford City Mayor election. These booklets must be sent to residents by law.

The formal Notice of Election for Salford’s mayoral and local election was published yesterday (March 26), marking the pre-election period in the run up to polling day. During this pre-election period it is essential that all residents qualify themselves to vote.

Image of Salford from Hartshead Pike taken by Andrewlee1967, Wikimedia Comms.

Tom Stannard, Salford City Council’s Returning Officer, said: “The three elections taking place in Salford are an important opportunity for residents to have their say on who makes decisions that affect them, in the places where they live.

“If residents haven’t already registered to vote, I would urge them to do so before the deadline of Tuesday 16 April. If you’ve recently moved house, you will need to register at your new address, as being registered for other council services, such as council tax, does not mean you are automatically registered to vote.”

Further information on who is standing in the mayoral elections will be published at www.salford.gov.uk/mayelections and GM Elects.

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