Three ballots, two voting systems. How your vote can most help the Green Party.

16 April 2016

On the 5th May London will be electing its Mayor and London Assembly members; for this election you will have three opportunities to vote for the Green Party.

This election is based on proportional voting systems, so your vote really does count. The Green Party has some great opportunities to increase the number of candidates we have elected across the city, and your vote will help to make this a reality.

We have pulled together a guide to explain how each ballot works and how your vote can be best used to increase the number of Green representatives for London.

London Mayor (Pink ballot)

The London Mayor election uses the supplementary vote system. This means that you get to indicate a first and second preference for Mayor. The system works by counting all first preference votes, if no candidate receives an overall majority (over 50%) of first preference votes, the top two candidates proceed to a second round. Voters whose first preference candidates have been eliminated have their second preference votes allocated.

Sian Berry at Ham Community Center talking against proposed demolition
This means that if you vote for Sian Berry (Green candidate) as your first preference and she does not finish in the top two, your second preference vote will be allocated to your next choice. However, if you vote for either Labour or Tory as a first preference and a smaller party second, then it is likely that your second vote will not be counted. To best support the Greens – vote Sian as first preference.

London-wide Assembly Member (Orange ballot)

This election is held under a fairer voting system, meaning every vote really does count. By voting Green on this ballot you give us our best chance of getting more Assembly Members.

Vote Green On Orange
For this ballot you can cast one vote for a political party. This is where the Greens are most able to get candidates elected – as this is a proportional system. On this ballot paper, when you vote green you get green. #VoteGreenOnOrange

Constituency London Assembly Member (Yellow ballot)

This ballot is where to decide who you want to represent your local area on the London Assembly. Kingston sits in the South West London constituency and the Green candidate is Andree Frieze.

Sian and Andree at Ham Community Center talking against proposed demolition
For this ballot you can vote for one candidate by putting a cross in the box next to your choice.

Have you registered?

The London elections are a great opportunity for the Green Party to increase their representation across London and to really make a difference in making London a cleaner, fairer and better city. But you will be unable to participate in the election process if you are not registered to vote. Please click this here to register.

Kingston Green Party committee meets once a month. Meetings are usually at the The Quaker Centre at 7.30pm. The dates of the next few meetings in 2017 are - Tuesday May 9th, Tuesday June 27th, Tuesday July 25th and Tuesday 5th September (no meeting in August)