Elections for the Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament take place every five years.
There are 60 elected Members of the Senedd (MSs) and you are represented by five of them. One MS represents your Senedd constituency (Ceredigion) and the other four all represent your region (Mid and West Wales).
The Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament represents the people of Wales. It has the power to make decisions in the following areas:
- agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development
- ancient monuments and historic buildings
- economic development
- education and training
- the environment
- fire and rescue services
- health and health services
- highways and transport
- local government
- public administration
- social welfare
- sport and recreation
- town and country planning
- water and flood defence
- the Welsh language
The Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament can make laws in these areas, known as Parliament Bills. These laws are unique to Wales and will reflect the specific needs and concerns of people in Wales.
The UK Government retains control of certain public services and areas of legislation, such as responsibilities for the police service, social security and employment.
When you vote in the Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament election you have two votes – one to elect your constituency member and one to elect your regional member:
Senedd Cymru – Constituency: Ceredigion
In the constituency ballot, you choose the candidate you want to represent you directly.
This Constituency follows the boundary of the County of Ceredigion.
Senedd Cymru – Regional: Mid and West Wales
In the regional ballot, you choose from a list of party or independent candidates to represent your region i.e. you do not vote for an individual candidate.
The Mid and West Wales Region includes the following Constituencies within 5 Counties:
- Brecon and Radnorshire
- Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
- Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
- Dwyfor Meirionnydd
- Preseli Pembrokeshire.
Ceredigion County Council is the lead authority for the region – the Regional Returning Officer (RRO).
Each local authority will count their own votes and provide these to Ceredigion RRO. Once all the results are collated, the RRO will declare who has been elected for the Mid and West Wales Region and the result will be published on this website. This will be on Friday, 7th May 2021.
For Senedd Cymru Elections, you must be:
- Registered to vote: If you’re not already registered, visit gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Sixteen or over on the day of the election – 6th May 2021.
- A British, Irish, EU, or qualifying Commonwealth citizen*.
- A qualifying foreign citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who doesn’t need such permission.
*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 can be found on the Electoral Commission website.
Students cannot vote twice in the Senedd Cymru 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.
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.
Registering to vote
- The deadline for voter registration – 11:59pm on Monday 19 April.
- If you are already registered to vote at your property and have not moved since, you do not need to re-register to vote
- If you have moved home recently and have not registered to vote at your new address, you must do so by 11:59pm on Monday 19 April
- Don’t forget that 16 and 17 year olds can now vote in Senedd Cymru elections for the first time.
- You can check if you are registered to vote by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- Register by Monday 19 April or you won’t be able to vote on Thursday 6 May.
- It takes less three minutes to register online It helps to have your National Insurance number to hand, you can find it on your payslip, P60, or letters about tax, pensions and benefits.
- Voters can also register by contacting 01545 570881
Don’t leave registration until the last minute, just in case you have any problems.
- Polling Stations open from 7.00am until 10.00pm on Polling Day – 6th May 2021
- A full list of Polling Stations is available shortly.
- COVID-19 measures at polling stations include:
- Separate entrances and exits where possible
- At all polling stations, a Door Manager will be in attendance to ensure that social distancing can be maintained at all times
- Altered layouts to allow for social distancing when waiting to vote and when completing a ballot paper, but still ensuring electors can cast their vote in secret
- Polling station staff wearing PPE
- Voters asked to wear face coverings where possible and use hand sanitiser when they enter the polling station
- Voters encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil
- Polling booths regularly sanitised.
These measures may mean electors have to wait for longer than usual to be able to cast their vote.
Busy times in polling stations often include 7.00am to 9.30am, lunchtime, 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.
Trying to avoid these peak times may mean voters have to wait for a shorter period of time. Anyone queuing to vote at a polling station by 10pm will still be able to vote.
- The deadline to apply for a postal vote – 5.00pm on Tuesday 20 April.
- Postal vote applicants must already be registered to vote. Forms can be downloaded from the Gov.UK website or 01545 570881
- Only postal votes which arrive back before 10.00pm on polling day will be counted.
- Forgot to send your postal vote back in time? Completed and sealed postal vote packs can be dropped into any polling station in the same voting area on polling day, but ideally to your local polling station.
- Lost your postal vote or it didn’t arrive? Replacement packs can be issued from Thursday 29 April until 5.00pm on 6th May 2021. From 5.00pm on 5th May 2021, replacement postal ballot packs will only be issued in person at Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA46 0PA.
- Phone in advance if you require a replacement postal ballot pack
- You will need to bring proof of identification: one photographic ID such as a passport or driving licence, or two pieces of ID which confirm your name and address such as a bank statement, utility bill or official letter.
- The deadline to apply for a proxy vote – 5.00pm on Tuesday 27 April.
- A proxy voter is someone you trust who you appoint to vote on your behalf.
- 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
- 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 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 01545 570881
For candidate and agent queries relating to the Senedd election, please go to the Candidates and Agents page.