Around 2.3 million people are eligible to vote in Wales’ upcoming Senedd election.

While many people have voted in elections in Wales before, there will be a significant number of people in Wales who have not voted previously.

Here’s your guide to registering to vote in the Senedd election on May 6.

Who can vote?

This year, for the first time, the right to vote has been extended to 16 and 17-year-olds and more than 30,000 foreign nationals living in Wales.

Anybody aged sixteen or over who live in Wales can vote, providing they are a British, Irish or Commonwealth national, an EU citizen or a foreign national legally allowed to be in the UK.

The deadline for registering is 11:59pm on Monday April 19.

How do I register?

You must be fourteen to register to vote in Senedd elections even though the voting age is sixteen.

Registering is quick and easy and takes no longer than five minutes.

You will be asked a series of questions like your full name, address and date of birth. You will also be asked for your National Insurance Number, although you can still register without it.

You can register by visiting the Register to Vote website.

What do I do on polling day?

Providing it isn’t postponed due to Covid restrictions, polling day for the Senedd election is Thursday, May 6.

Your local polling station’s address will be listed on your polling card which you will receive once you have registered.

It will be open between 7am and 10pm.

You do not have to take your polling card with you on polling day, all you need is your name and address.

Due to Covid, a number of measures will be in place at polling stations this year, and voters are being asked to bring their own pens and pencils.

Can I get a postal vote?

If you wish to cast a postal vote, registering is simple.

You can apply for a postal vote online by 5pm on Tuesday April 20.

Once you have completed the form and made sure you have signed it, you will need to send it to the electoral services team at your local council.

This should be done as soon as possible so that it arrives on time, however if you do leave it until the last minute, you can still return it to your polling station on polling day, between 7am and 10pm.

Can somebody vote on my behalf?

When somebody votes on your behalf, it is called a proxy vote.

A proxy vote can be done for several reasons:

  • If you are away on polling day
  • If you have a medical issue or disability
  • If you are not able to vote in person because of work or military service

In order to allow somebody you trust to vote on your behalf, you must apply for a proxy vote using a paper form and send it to your local council’s electoral registration office.

You must already be registered to vote before voting by proxy.

You can access the form for a proxy vote online, which must be returned to you local electoral registration office by 5pm on Tuesday, April 27.