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On Thursday 2 May 2024, anyone registered to vote in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield will be able to vote for their next Mayor of South Yorkshire.

The deadline to register to vote in the Mayoral Election is Tuesday 16 April 2024. Votes will be counted, and the result declared on Saturday 4 May 2024. The results of the Mayoral Election will be published here.

In the sections below you can find information on registering to vote, changes to voter ID, the different ways you can vote and advice on completing your ballot paper. Following the close of nominations on Friday 5 April,  you will find information on the candidates that are standing in the Mayoral Election no later than Mon 8 April.

Registering to vote

The electoral register (or Electoral Roll) is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. If you are not on the register, you cannot vote. 

Every local authority holds and manages the electoral register for their own area. To vote in the Mayoral Election you must be listed on the electoral register for either Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, or Sheffield Councils. 

If you are already registered with one of these authorities, you do not need to do anything further. You will automatically receive a poll card through the post. You will also receive a booklet with voting information about the Mayoral Election when it is posted out in April after all the candidates are known. If you are not sure if you are registered, you should check with your local electoral services office.

If you aren’t already registered, the easiest and quickest way to register is online at

If you can’t register online you can download and print a form here or contact your local electoral services office and they will send you the form.  

You must provide your name, address, nationality, date-of-birth and National Insurance Number when you apply to register.

The deadline to submit a registration application for this election is Tuesday 16 April 2024

Different Ways to Vote

Voting in person

Voter ID

Voting by post

Voting by Proxy

Completing your ballot paper

Following a recent change in election law, the voting system for the Mayoral election will be the first past the post system.

Each voter has one vote. Mark the ballot paper with a cross in the box next to the candidate of your choice. The candidate who receives the most votes is elected.

The result of the election will be declared after all votes have been counted on Saturday 4 May 2024.

Who can I vote for?

The list of confirmed candidates that are standing in the South Yorkshire Mayoral Election will be published on this website by no later than Monday 8 April 2024 following the close of nominations on Friday 5 April at 4pm. 

A Candidate Information Booklet will be sent to every registered voter in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield. The booklet will contain:

  • A list of every candidate standing in the Mayoral Election in alphabetical order.
  • Information about the role of Mayor and how the Mayor will be elected.
  • Information on how to complete your ballot paper, how you can vote and what to expect at your polling station.
  • An Election Address (political statement) from each of the candidates who have opted to be included in the booklet.

The Candidate Information Booklet will be delivered by post during week commencing 15 April 2024. The booklet is now available as a downloadable document here   

Election booklet ( Pdf, 1mb)

 if you require the booklet in another format such as large print, Braille, or in another language, please phone our free phone helpline on 0808 178 6767 or send an email to