Posted on: Friday 22 January 2021
On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Torfaen will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Senedd and on who will be the Police and Crime Commissioner for their local police force area.
While the elections are not until May, we’re already making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote.
There are a number of ways to have your say in the elections in May - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.
Caroline Genever-Jones, Elections and Business Manager for Torfaen Council, said:
“The elections this year are very important – they’re an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Torfaen.
“We’re thinking about these elections now so that, however you choose to cast your vote in May, you can do so safely. We’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; you can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face masks. But you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy.”
Rhydian Thomas, Head of Electoral Commission, Wales said:
“The choice on how to vote in May’s election is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.
“If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.
“You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It will also be the first time 16-17 year olds and qualifying foreign citizens will be able to vote for Members of the Senedd (MSs), so it’s particularly important that if you’re going to vote at the Senedd elections, you make sure you’re on the electoral register.”
Any residents who have questions can also contact their local elections team on 01495 762200 or visit: Elections and Voting | Torfaen County Borough Council