Gwynedd voters urged to register to have their say in May
On Thursday May 5, voters in Gwynedd will be able to have their say on who will represent them on their local council.
In order to vote in the county council’s elections and for any community and town council elections in your area in May, residents must be on the electoral register.
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on 14 April. You can apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote - it takes just five minutes. This year residents in Gwynedd will be voting to select councillors, who represent their local area and residents, and contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, social care and housing.
Dafydd Gibbard, Gwynedd Council's Returning Officer, said:
“The elections in May are an important opportunity to have your say on who represents you on issues that have a direct impact on daily life here in Gwynedd.
“But in order to be able to vote, anyone who has not yet registered to vote needs to do so.
“The registering process is fast and easy, but needs to be done before the closing date, which is Thursday, 14 April. If you are not registered by then, you will not be able to vote.”
Rhydian Thomas, Head of the Electoral Commission in Wales, added:
“If you have recently turned 16 or moved home, it is particularly important that you make sure you are correctly registered to vote.
“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action.”
Voters have a range of options – they can vote in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 19 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 26 April.
To register to vote go to www.gov.uk/registertovote or call the Gwynedd Council Election Service on 01766 771000 before Thursday, 14 April. To make an application for a postal or proxy vote, contact the Council on 01766 771000, or email email@example.com.