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Time to register to vote

Swansea residents are being urged to look out for their voter registration forms that will be popping through letter boxes from the council's electoral services teams in the next few weeks.

Votes

Anyone living in Wales aged 14 or over can now register to vote and those aged 16 or over in May next year will be eligible to vote at the next Senedd elections due to be held in May 2021.

Phil Roberts, Chief Executive of Swansea Council and the city's Electoral Registration Officer, said: "It's important that residents keep an eye out for messages from Swansea Council so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in our area.

"If you're not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or we'll send you information explaining how to do this in the post."

He said: "Voting is a cornerstone of the democratic process and earlier this year the Senedd agreed to extend the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds and qualifying foreign nationals for its elections only.

"It's really easy to do and takes only a few minutes online to complete the form. The Welsh government has responsibility for delivering health, education, social care, transport and other policies in Wales, issues which touch the lives of young people every day."

Senedd elections take place under a proportional representation process of 40 directly-elected members with the number topped-up to 60 through regional lists based on the proportion of votes cast for political parties.

Rhydian Thomas, Head of Electoral Commission Wales, said: "It's really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. More people are now entitled to vote in Wales, including 16-17 year olds and qualifying foreign citizens. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.

"There's lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter."

 

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