Polling station review

Posted on: Monday 30 October 2023

Every five years, local authorities must review their polling stations to ensure they are convenient and accessible for voters.  

Torfaen Council has started the process of assessing polling districts and stations in the borough and several recommendations have been made. 

Residents are now being asked for their views on their local polling station and the proposals. 

Find out about the recommendations and take part in the consultation.

Caroline Genever-Jones, Torfaen Council's Elections Manager, said: "We have a duty to make sure our polling stations are accessible to as many voters as possible.

"Thanks to support from the Torfaen Access Forum, we have identified some of the polling station locations are not suitable for people with disabilities or mobility problems.

"We are also keen to hear the views of people who use their local polling station or who would like to for future elections."

The consultation will close on Friday 8 December and the responses will be considered by Friday 15 December.

Councillors will consider the final proposals in January 2024.

Any changes will be implemented before the Police and Crime Commissioners election on Thursday 2 May. 

The election will be the first where voters in Wales will need to show photo ID to vote at a polling station. Find out forms of photo ID are acceptable.

If you do not have acceptable photo ID, can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate..

You will need to submit a passport-style photograph taken against a light, plain background, eyes open, hair back and no filters. Applications may be rejected if the photographs are not acceptable.

You need to be registered to vote to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. Find out how to register.

Voters in Wales will not need to show identification to vote in Senedd or local government elections. 

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