RESIDENTS in Cardiff will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Senedd and who will be the Police and Crime Commissioner for this local police force area on Thursday.
Planning has been underway for months to ensure polling stations are safe places to vote on May 6. Residents who have chosen to cast their vote in person can expect to see many of the measures we have all become familiar with in the past year at shops and other indoor facilities, such as using hand sanitiser, floor markings to promote social distancing and the need to wear a face covering, unless exempt.
Voters may need to queue to enter the polling station, as there will be a limit to the number of people allowed in the building at one time. One-way systems will be in place in many of the stations and voters are asked to adhere to the signs in place to assist people to enter and leave the building safely.
Residents may wish to bring their own pencil to mark their ballot paper, although supplies will also be available at the polling station.
Staff at the polling station will carry out regular cleaning throughout the day to help keep voters safe and help limit the spread of COVID-19.
Local Returning Officer for Cardiff, Paul Orders, said:
“This week’s elections will be different to any other before and we have been working hard to deliver a safe environment for voters and staff at our polling stations across the city. Various protective measures will be in place on the day, similar arrangements that have become part of our everyday routines since the start of the pandemic.”
Thursday’s election will be the first time 16 and 17-year-olds and qualifying foreign citizens are able to vote for Members of the Senedd. Polling stations will be open from 7 am until 10 pm.
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus or who has been asked to self-isolate should not attend a polling station.
In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you can’t vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy. This must be something that you weren’t aware of before the normal proxy vote deadline and includes the need to self-isolate due to COVID-19.
Emergency Proxy applications can be made up to 5 pm on polling day.