Changes to polling stations

Posted on: Wednesday 21 April 2021
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Polling station changes

Things will look different for people planning to vote at a polling station at next month’s Senedd and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

Some voters will notice their local polling station has changed to a different venue. This is because some buildings were not suitable for use this year under coronavirus guidelines.

Torfaen Council's election team has also tried to avoid using schools where possible to limit further disruption to children's education.

The addresses of all polling stations in Torfaen are printed on polling cards.

There will also be changes to the polling stations themselves to ensure everyone’s safety, such as limits on the number of people who can be in the station at a time, one-way systems and extra staff on hand to sanitize voting booths.

Voters are asked to help by wearing face masks, bringing their polling cards and their own pens or pencils.

Torfaen Council has produced a video guide to explain all the changes ahead of polling day.

Torfaen Council’s elections manager Caroline Genever-Jones said: “We are doing everything we can to make sure people feel safe when visiting polling stations in Torfaen on Thursday May 6th.

“There will be limits on the number of people who can be in polling stations on the day and people might be asked to wait outside while others are voting. There will be staff available if you need any help.

“Voters are asked to bring their polling cards with them and take them home afterwards. You can vote without a card, but it will help to make the process quicker and minimise contact with others.”

There is still time to appoint someone else to vote on your behalf. The deadline for registering for a proxy vote is April 27th. For more information visit

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