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Polling day arrangements for GM Mayor Elections
Tuesday 2nd May, 2017

Almost two million electors will have the chance to elect the first ever Mayor of Greater Manchester as voters across the region go to the polls on Thursday 4th May.

More than 1,400 polling stations in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport Tameside, Trafford and Wigan will be open from 7am until 10pm for people to cast their vote.

Eight candidates are vying for the votes.

People can find the location of their polling station on their poll card but if they do not know it they can check with the election office based at their local council. You do not need to have your poll card with you to be able to vote but it does save time if you do.

Anyone who has requested a postal vote but left it too late to post their ballot pack back can still drop it off at any polling station in their local council area, or their local elections office, on the day.

Combined Authority Returning Officer Eamonn Boylan said: “This is an historic election to choose an elected Mayor of Greater Manchester. We want to make sure that no one who wants to participate misses out."

Donna Hall, Returning Officer for Wigan Council, said: “Greater Manchester’s mayor will make important decisions that affect the whole region and Wigan Borough locally. It’s important that our residents have their say and cast their votes this Thursday.”

The count for all 10 Greater Manchester local authority areas, and the declaration of the winning candidate, will take place at Manchester Central Convention Complex on Friday 5th May.

This election uses the Supplementary Voting System, which gives electors the opportunity to cast their vote for their first and second choice candidates.

If one candidate gets more than 50 per cent of the first choice votes, they will become the Mayor of Greater Manchester. If no candidate gets this majority, there will be a second count in which the two candidates with the most first choice votes remain in the running and all other candidates are eliminated. The second choice votes of people who voted for eliminated candidates will then be counted and any second choice votes for the two remaining candidates added to their first choice totals. The candidate who has the highest overall total will then be declared the Mayor.

Residents can find out where their polling station is by visiting: https://apps.wigan.gov.uk/PollingStations or by referring to the address on their polling card. If residents haven’t received a card they may not be registered to vote. To vote in the General Election they must be registered by Monday 22nd May.

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