Important letters arriving ahead of the May 5 local elections

Pembrokeshire residents are urged to keep an eye out for important May local election news that will land on their doormats this week.

The household notification letters relate to the upcoming local government elections to Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Town and Community Councils.

The elections will take place on Thursday 5 May.

The letters will ensure that the voter registers are correct, detail how to add/change entries and urge those who are not registered to vote to do so by the midnight deadline on Thursday April 14.

You can register to vote at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Please read the letter carefully and check that the details are up to date.

The council is particularly keen to ensure that 16/17 year olds and foreign nationals are registered on the electoral lists. Following the introduction of new legislation in Wales, anyone aged 16 or over on May 5 and legally residing in Wales can vote in the election.

These will also be the first elections to be administered on the new border arrangements. Voters can vote in an electoral district different from the one in which they voted previously. Some constituencies have changed while others remain the same. More information will be provided closer to the elections.

Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

If you cannot go to a polling station to vote, you can ask to vote by mail or by proxy. You can find more information about postal and proxy voting on the Electoral Commission’s website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/ The deadline for a postal ballot application is 19 April 17 hours.

The deadline for registering to vote by proxy is April 26 at 5 p.m.

You can find more information about the upcoming elections in Pembrokeshire at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/elections-and-voting