Citizens have the right to petition for a directly elected Mayor. If the council receives a valid petition signed by at least 5% of the local government electors in its area, it must hold a referendum. If the referendum results in a majority vote in favour of establishing an elected Mayor, the council has to introduce such arrangements.
Anyone can organise a petition. The petition organiser is responsible for collecting the required number of signatures and submitting the petition to the council. Once the petition has been submitted the petition organiser will be the person with whom we will correspond.
To be valid, a submitted petition must:
- be signed by at least 5% of people registered to vote at a local government election in Plymouth (this is called the 'verification number' - see below)
- follow the regulations on how the petition should be formatted and how signatories should be recorded
- You can read an online version of Regulation 10 of the Local Authorities (Referendum) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000 (as amended)
The minimum number of supporters required (the 'verification number')
We publish the number of people that equals 5% of those registered to vote at a local government election in our area each year. This number is calculated from the Electoral Register.
This number is published under Regulation 4(1) Local Authorities (Referendum) (Petitions and Directions) (England) Regulations 2000 (as amended).
From 15 February 2022, the number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors is:
This figure will determine the validity of petitions presented from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.
The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2022 will be published within 14 days of 15 February 2023.
If this number is less than 9635, the number to be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted for the period beginning on the date of publication of the lower number until 31 March 2023 will be that lower number.
If you have any questions about the petition for an elected mayor, please contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01752 304866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.