On Thursday 6 May residents in Caerphilly County Borough will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Senedd and as Police and Crime Commissioner.
There are different ways that a person can vote – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. Postal vote applications need to be received by 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.
For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May. Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:
- Wearing a face covering
- Bringing their own pen or pencil
- Cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
- Keeping a safe distance
Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. An emergency proxy is available in case of medical circumstances.
Christina Harrhy, Returning Officer for Caerphilly County Borough, said: “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May, and we are working hard to ensure you can vote safely. You can vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy.
“You can find more information about how to apply to vote by post or proxy on our website at www.caerphilly.gov.uk/elections
“However you choose to vote, you must be registered in order to have your say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote”
Rhydian Thomas, Head of the Electoral Commission, Wales said:
“The choice on how to vote at the elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy. However you choose to vote in May, you will be able to do so safely.
“If you’re voting in person, help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures that will be in place at the polling station.
“If you decide to vote by post, don’t wait until the deadline to apply. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.”
The deadline to register to vote for the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday 19 April.
For further information on the 6 May elections, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter