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Tower Hamlets Mayoral election – you get two (yes two) votes

By on May 16, 2014 in Elections 2014
On 22nd May you need to vote. It's that simple.

On 22nd May you need to vote. It’s that simple.

The fact that you have two votes for the Mayoral election has not been well publicised.

To be precise you get a first choice and a second choice.

In this election the second choice votes might well decide the outcome. So don’t waste it.

To quote the Tower Hamlets council site:

The voting process is simple.

Each voter will be given a peach-coloured ballot paper listing all the candidates and they will have up to two votes.

You can vote once for your first choice candidate by marking a cross beside their name in column one.

Then you can vote once for your second choice candidate by marking a cross beside their name in column two.

You do not have to vote for a second choice candidate, but you must cast a first choice vote for your ballot paper to be counted. Here’s a sample ballot paper (Click on it for a bigger version).

Tower Hamlets sample ballot paper Mayoral election

Tower Hamlets sample ballot paper Mayoral election

So if there is no clear winner on the first count the top two go through and their secondary votes are counted. Easy huh?

Of course all this is dependent on you getting to the polling stations on 22nd May.

Which you are going to do. Aren’t you?

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