Some people like turning up to a polling station on election day, casting their vote on paper and putting it in a ballot box.
If you are registered, you will be sent a polling card and the location of your nearest polling station.
But you don’t even have to take your card with you – if you’re on the register, you can just turn up!
Alternatively, you can vote by post, but you’ll need to register for this too.
Local councils are responsible for actually running the elections, so you need to either visit the website of your local authority or the Electoral Commission. You’ll need to fill in the voting by post form and send it back to your local authority. Yeah – you need to apply by post to vote by post. You’ll need to get your application in before 20 April to vote on 6 May.
You’ll get a ballot paper and envelope in the post. Then you just fill it in and send it back. If you forget to post it, don’t panic – you can just hand it in at a polling station on the day.
To vote by proxy you need to apply to your local council. You can download an application form or request this to be sent to you. You will need to ask someone you trust to be your ‘Proxy’ and let them know who you’d like to vote for. On polling day they need to go to your polling station to vote – this may be a different location than theirs! They will have to tell the polling station three things: their name, your name and your address. They can apply to vote for you by post – this is called postal proxy. The deadline for all proxy applications is 19th April 2021.
For more information visit: the Electoral Commission: Voting by Proxy
One more thing – the coronavirus pandemic means some of the rules are changing. To keep people safe, if you have to self-isolate that week because you have symptoms or a positive test result, you can ask for someone to vote for you – this is called a proxy vote.
You’re not allowed to take selfies in the polling booth or share pics of your votes on social media. It’s all about trying to keep voting secret so it can’t be influenced by other people.
Register to vote by 19 April 2021. If you don’t register in time, you won’t get to vote in the Senedd Elections on 6 May, and you won’t get to have your say in your future and the future of Wales.
Head over to the Gov.uk website to register your vote today. It only takes 5 minutes!
“When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter because you do, and you deserve to be heard.” Meghan Markle