Ways to vote

Voting in the Greater Manchester Mayoral Election can be done in 3 ways; in person at your polling station, by post or by proxy.

All voting materials in polling stations are in English.

Information on how to vote will be available at your polling station in Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, Czech, Farsi, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Somali and Urdu.

Vote in person 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 where to vote. You don’t need your poll card to vote.

When you arrive at your polling station, you will be asked for your name and address. Staff will check that you are registered and hand you a ballot paper. They can also help you understand how to fill out the ballot paper.  

Find your polling station by contacting your local Electoral Services Office .

If you cannot go to the polling station to vote in person on Thursday 4 May 2017, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

Vote by post

If you are registered to vote by post, you will be sent a postal voting application pack containing your ballot paper, a postal voting statement (which requires your signature and date of birth) and a postage paid reply envelope.

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 Thursday 4 May 2017 to your Electoral Services Office  or any polling station in your local authority area.

Many people choose to vote by post if they are away on polling day. Anyone registered and eligible to vote can get a postal vote. To apply to vote by post complete the postal vote application form  and return it to your local council.

The deadline to apply to vote by post has now closed.

Electors who registered for a postal vote by the 30 March will receive their postal pack from the 21 April and those who register for a postal vote between the 1 April and 5pm on the 18 April will receive theirs from 22 April.

Vote by proxy

Voting by proxy means that you appoint someone else to vote on your behalf. The deadline to appoint a proxy  to vote on your behalf is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

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

For more information on the different ways of voting and how to apply, contact your local Electoral Services Office  or visit Your Vote Matters