FAQs on the Labour Leadership and Deputy Leadership elections

If you’ve got a question about the Labour Leadership election you may find the answer you need below.
Who can vote in the Labour Leadership election?
All fully paid up members, registered supporters and affiliated supporters who joined before 3pm on 12 August can vote.
How do I vote?
This election is being run by Electoral Reform Services on behalf of the Labour Party and you can vote online or by post. Once you’ve received your ballot you can vote online at www.labour.org.uk/ballot2015. All votes need to be received by noon on 10 September.

When will I receive my ballot?

Electoral Reform Services have now started to send ballots out by post and by email.

On Tuesday 8 September we will be sending out a final reminder email to all people who have not voted containing your code to vote in the Labour leadership elections.

This will be sent to everyone who hasn't voted yet.

The email will be sent from labourelections@electoralreform.co.uk (you may want to search your emails now to see if you have already received your ballot).

Please add this address to your contacts to ensure that the email gets through your spam filter.

We can no longer change the email address we are sending your ballot to.

My ballot has arrived and the address on the ballot is different to the address on the envelope, where should I send it?

Both these addresses work. The simplest thing to do is just return your ballot in the envelope provided. However, if you lose your envelope you can send your ballot back using the address on the ballot. This is because Royal Mail require different addresses for pre-printed envelopes to those that you fill in yourselves.

Can I post a picture of my ballot paper online?

If you post a picture of your ballot paper to social media please make sure you cover up your two-part security code (the unique identifier that enables you to vote). Your security code should be kept secret to make sure no one else attempts to use it to vote.

Why hasn't my application to be a registered or affiliated supporter been accepted?

Applications to become an affiliated or registered supporter may be deemed ineligible if:

In the event of your application being rejected your application fee will not be refunded. If your application is rejected this does not preclude you from applying to become a full member of the party.

Who are the candidates?

You can find a full list of the candidates here with a short piece from them about why they are standing for Labour Party office.
You can watch the Leadership and Deputy Leadership candidates debate at our Stevenage hustings in June here.
How does the voting system work?
Both the Leadership and Deputy Leadership votes will be carried out using the Alternative Vote system. This is a preferential system where the voter ranks the candidates in order of preference.
Instead of marking an ‘X’, each voter puts a '1' by their first choice candidate, a '2' by their second choice, and so on, until they no longer wish to express any further preferences or run out of candidates. You do not have to use all of your preferences.
Candidates are elected outright if they gain more than 50 per cent of votes as first preferences.
If none of the candidates reach 50 per cent, the candidate with the fewest first preferences is eliminated and their votes are transferred to the second preference marked on the ballot papers. This process continues until one candidate reaches the 50 per cent mark and is elected.
When will the new Leader and Deputy Leader be announced?

Our next Leader and Deputy Leader will be announced on 12 September at a Special Conference in London, as well as on our website and via email.

The event is being televised live and is expected to start at 11am.

Constituency Labour Parties who have registered delegate(s) to attend the 2015 Annual Conference in Brighton are entitled to send the same delegates to attend the Special Conference. Delegates must have been registered by 1 September. If any delegate is unable to attend the Special Conference CLPs may appoint a substitute.   

Member Visitor applications opened on 2 September. Applications for this event are now closed due to huge demand.  

I’ve got a problem or question that’s not answered here. How can I get in touch?
If you have a question, it is often quickest to ask online: www.labour.org.uk/contact. Alternatively you can call us on 0345 092 22 99.
Can I be a member or supporter of another political party and vote?   
For further information, see the following documents:
    •       Procedural guidelines
    •       Candidate code of conduct
    •       Timetable for the contest

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FAQs on the Labour Leadership and Deputy Leadership elections