Carmarthenshire residents go to the polls for the 2022 local government election

THOUSANDS of voters across Carmarthenshire will go to the polls today to have their say on who they want to represent their area over the next five years.

The election will determine who will lead Carmarthenshire County Council, which is responsible for a host of vital services for people and businesses, such as rubbish collection, running schools, providing social care and the housing, to name a few.

The number of electoral wards in Carmarthenshire will increase from 58 to 51. This may mean that your address is in a different constituency from previous local elections and the name of your ward may have changed.

The total number of departmental advisers will increase from 74 to 75.

Some people have already had the chance to vote in today’s election via mail-in ballot.

For everyone else, polls will open countywide at 7 a.m. and stay open for three hours — closing at 10 p.m.

For the first time, 16-17 year olds will be able to participate and vote in local elections.

EU citizens are allowed to vote in elections.

Some people might have two votes, for example if they live in two local authority areas (eg for students or because of work).

Voters will receive a ballot to select the candidates they wish to support.

If there is more than one councilor in a ward (dual-seat ward), voters will get more than one vote.

It’s a first-past-the-post ballot, so the ward winners are the candidates with the most votes.

HOW TO VOTE

Polling stations will open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

You do not need your voting card to vote.

You must vote at the polling station assigned to you.

If you are registered to vote, but do not have your voter card, you can go to the polling station and give them your name and address.

In Wales, you don’t need any ID.

After polls close at 10 p.m., ballot boxes are transported from all polling stations to local or regional counting centers, where staff wait to begin opening and recording votes.

Counting will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 6.

It is estimated that the Council’s first quarter declaration will take place around 10:00 a.m., the full Council declaration is estimated at 2:00 p.m.