Film shows first-time voters how its done

Posted on: Friday 8 April 2022

Pupils from West Monmouth School have produced a video for first time voters planning to vote at a polling station, as part of Torfaen Council's #TorfaenLocalElections2022 campaign.

Year 10 pupil Sara takes a leading role in the film, guiding viewers through the process of voting at a polling station and sharing some ‘do’s and don’ts’.

It's the first-time people aged between 16 and 18, as well as foreign nationals, can vote in a Local Council Elections in Wales, which take place on Thursday 5 May.

Sara, who is looking forward to taking part in the democratic process at future elections, said: "I really enjoyed filming the video, I hope young people find it helpful and that it will inspire them to register to vote and place their vote when the time comes."

You can watch the ‘how to vote’ video here.

Anyone over the age of 14 can sign up to the electoral register in Wales but must be 16 to vote on election day. 

The deadline for voter registration is Thursday 14 April and can be done online at

Residents have four opportunities to vote in the elections in May:

  • By post. Apply to vote by post here. Applications must be made by Tuesday 19 April. 
  • By proxy. Apply to vote by proxy here.  Application must be made by Tuesday 26 April.
  • Advance voting centre, Pontypool Civic Centre, Saturday 30 April - Sunday 1 May.
  • Your designated polling station, Thursday 5 May.

For more information about May’s local election, visit the Torfaen Council website.  

Follow #TorfaenLocalElections2022 and #useyourviews on social media for all the latest information about the elections.

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