The Senedd and Police and Crime Commissioner elections on Thursday 6 May will be a little different to last time, with polling stations, count venues and campaigning adapting in line with public health measures.

What hasn’t changed in these elections is the choice voters have over how to cast their vote. Indeed, it’s perhaps more important than ever to be aware of the different ways in which you can vote, so that you can make the decision that is right for you.

Voting by post is just one of the ways in which you can have your say. You can also choose to vote in person, or by appointing someone you trust to vote in your place, known as proxy voting.

For many voters, this will be the first time voting by post. The postal voting process is straightforward, but it’s important to make sure that you know how to complete your postal vote so that your vote can count.

Your postal vote pack will be sent to you before polling day. It will include your ballot papers, a postal voting statement, a ballot paper envelope, a return envelope and an instruction leaflet.

Firstly, mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, just as you would at a polling station. Take care to read the instructions carefully on the different voting systems used. Then place your completed ballot papers in the ballot paper envelope and seal.

It’s important that you complete your postal voting statement correctly, as this confirms your identity and is an important part of making sure your vote is safe from fraud. Follow the instructions carefully and provide your signature and date of birth in the boxes provided.

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These personal identifiers are matched to your application, ensuring your vote is unique to you. Half of all postal votes rejected at the last UK general election were because the signature or date of birth did not match their application, so extra care needs to be taken when completing these parts of the postal voting statement.

Finally put the ballot paper envelope and postal voting statement in the return envelope ready to send in the post.

It’s important to follow the steps carefully. At the 2016 Senedd election, 37 per cent  of the postal votes that had to be rejected were because a form was missing from the returned pack and seven per cent were missing information on the statement.

Try to return your postal vote to your council as soon as possible as it must arrive with them by 10pm on polling day (6 May). You can ask someone else you trust to post it for you if you prefer.

If you’ve applied for a postal vote, your postal vote pack should be arriving through your letterbox very soon. If you are yet to apply, there’s just a few days left until the deadline - 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.

Don’t forget, you can’t take part in these elections unless you’re registered and you’ve only got until midnight on Monday 19 April to do so. Registration is quick and easy and can be done online here. For more information on voting visit our website