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Scheduled elections and polls

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Senedd and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections will take place in Wales on Thursday 6th May 2021.

View the May 2021 elections guide​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window​ on the Electoral Commission website.

​​Senedd Election 2021​​

The law in Wales has changed. 14–16 year olds and qualifying foreign nationals living in Wales can now register to vote:​
  • By registering to vote, a young person can now take part in Senedd elections from the age of 16
  • By registering to vote, a foreign citizen aged 16 or over, can now take part in Senedd election


The Senedd Election will allow voters to elect 60 members to The Senedd (formerly the National Assembly for Wales).

It will be the first election in which 16 and 17 year olds and legally resident foreign nationals are allowed to vote in Wales, the largest extension of the franchise in Wales since 1969. Both changes were a result of the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020.

For Senedd Elections, you must be:
*A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK or does not require such leave. The list of qualifying countries, British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Students cannot vote twice in the Senedd elections and would be committing an offence if they did so. They should choose whether to vote at their home or university address and arrange a postal or proxy vote as necessary.
  • Overseas voters

The following groups are legally excluded from voting in Wales:

  • A convicted person (though remand prisoners, as yet not convicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register).
  • Anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.


Regional Returning Officers are responsible for the overall management of the election for the regional poll.

There are five Senedd electoral regions in Wales:
  • Mid and West Wales
  • North Wales
  • South Wales Central
  • South Wales East
  • South Wales West


The voting areas within the South Wales Central Region are:
  • ​Cardiff
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Vale of Glamorgan


Regional Returning Officer for South Wales Central: Debbie Marles, Vale of Glamorgan Council

Local Returning Officers are responsible for ensuring the election is administered effectively in their voting area.
 
Local Returning Officer for Cardiff: Paul Orders, Cardiff Council


Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2021​

The Commissioner is the voice of the people and holds the police to account. The Commissioner is responsible for all policing and aims to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.

To be eligible to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioners Election you must be:
  • 18 or over on the day of the election
  • A British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen


Please note: 16 and 17 year olds and qualifying foreign nationals will not be eligible to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner election.
Each police area has a Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) who has overall responsibility for coordinating the election and announcing the results of the Police and Crime Commissioner election in that area.

There are four police areas in Wales:
  • Dyfed-Powys
  • Gwent
  • North Wales
  • South Wales


The voting areas within the South Wales Police area are:
  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Swansea
  • Vale of Glamorgan


Regional Area Returning Officer for Dyfed-Powys area: Debbie Marles, Vale of Glamorgan Council
The Local Returning Officers for each of four areas are responsible for ensuring the election is administered effectively in their voting area. 

Local Returning Officer for Cardiff: Paul Orders, Cardiff County Council


For Police and Crime Commissioner Election, you must be:

*A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK or does not require such leave. The list of qualifying countries, British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Student voters – only for Police and Crime Commissioner Elections.

Higher education students may be eligible to register to vote at both their home and university or college address if they are in two different local authority areas.

They can vote in local elections (including the Police and Crime Commissioner election) in both areas as they would be voting in two separate polls. They will need to consider whether to register to vote in both areas and whether to make postal or proxy vote applications as necessary. More details can be found on the Electoral Commission website - Students.​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window



Voting by post

To vote by post, you need to complete a postal vote application form. The process for applying for a postal vote hasn’t changed.

If you would like to vote by post, give your elections team plenty of time to process your application by applying early. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Please note: More vulnerable voters are being encouraged to apply for a postal vote. Please apply as early as possible. An application form is available online to vote by post.​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window






If you are registered to vote by post you will receive your postal ballot pack around 22 or 23 April 2021. If you have not received your postal ballot pack by Thursday 29 April 2021 please contact the Electoral Services Team.

Vote in person at your local polling station

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on Polling Day – Thursday 6 May 2021.  A full list of polling stations will be available shortly.

Measures will be put into place to make sure polling stations and count venues operate safely in line with Covid 19 regulations.

Our elections team are already making plans to help you stay safe at your polling station:​
  • You are encouraged to bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot paper
  • Please wear a face covering when entering the polling station
  • Use separate entrances and exits where possible and follow the one-way systems in place
  • Maintain social distancing at all times
  • Use hand sanitiser when entering and exiting the polling station
  • Poll staff will be on hand to answer queries and clean areas like the polling booths frequently


These measures may mean electors have to wait for longer than usual to be able to cast their vote.  

Voting by proxy

Voting by proxy is when you ask someone you trust to vote on your behalf. You will need to complete a proxy vote application form.

You can choose to vote by proxy for one election or have a permanent long term proxy vote.

If you would like to vote by proxy, give your elections team plenty of time to process your application by applying early.  The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

You must already be registered to vote to make a proxy application. Forms and full details on eligibility can be found on the Electoral Commission website.​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Your proxy must be eligible to vote in the election and will need to be able to vote in person at your polling station, or need to apply to cast their proxy vote by post. They will receive a letter or poll card at their address giving them the necessary details.

Postal voters are not eligible to apply for a proxy vote.

Emergency proxy voters

Emergency proxy votes may be available from after the proxy deadline until 5.00pm on 6th May 2021 but only under specific extenuating circumstances, find details on the Electoral Commission website or 029 2087 0287.

Register to vote

You need to be registered to vote to take part in elections.  The deadline for voter registration is 11.59pm on Monday 19 April. If you are not already registered to vote you can register online​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window or contact our elections team on 029 2087 0287 or by email electoralservices@cardiff.gov.uk​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Notice of Election

The notice of election will be published on or around the 22​​​ March 2021.

You will be able to find more information about your local candidates through local media and online.  
 

Poll cards

Poll cards will be dispatched week commencing 22 March 2021 to all eligible electors on the Register of Electors. Please read your poll card carefully, it will detail if you are currently registered to vote in person (with your allocated polling station information), by post (with details of where your postal vote ballot pack will be sent to) or by proxy. 

​​Notices​​​

All election notices in relation to the Senedd Cymru Constituency, Senedd Cymru Regional and Police and Crime Commissioner elections scheduled on 6 May 2021 will be published here.

Senedd Cymru Regional



​Senedd Cymru Constituency​

Cardiff Central - Senedd Constituency:

​Cardiff North - Senedd Constituency:

​Cardiff South and Penarth - Senedd Constituency:

Cardiff West - Senedd Constituency:​

Police and Crime Commissioner Election​​