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Welsh Senedd and Police and Crime Commissioner elections are currently scheduled to take place on Thursday 6th May. Aberystwyth is part of the Ceredigion Constituency, Mid and West Wales Region and Dyfed Powys Police area.
The deadline to register to vote in this election is 11:59pm on Monday 19th April.
The deadline for new postal vote applications, or changes to existing postal votes, is 5pm on Tuesday 20th April.
What is a Police and Crime Commissioner?
A Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is an elected official charged with securing an effective and efficient policing area, and to ensure that local police meet the needs of the community.
Ceredigion is part of the Dyfed-Powys Police area which also includes Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Powys.
What is a Senedd Member?
A Senedd Member is an elected representative of the Welsh Senedd who meet twice a week to question Welsh Government Ministers, examine proposed laws and debate issues.
There are 60 members of Senedd in total, with two thirds of these (40 members) representing the same local constituencies as Westminster MPs and one third (20 members) representing one of the five regions of Wales.
Aberystwyth therefore elects one Senedd Member covering the Ceredigion Constituency and four Senedd Members covering the Mid and West Wales Region.
This section of our website is designed to give you all the information you need to register to vote and as certain elections get closer any additional information such how to find your nearest polling station or key deadlines you should be aware of.
Elections are a decision-making process for the public to decide who will represent them whether as a Police and Crime Commissioner, on the Town or County Council, in the National Assembly or UK Parliament. Everyone who is eligible – and registered to vote – gets to vote for the candidate that represent their local area referred to as a constituency.
The candidates standing for election are usually drawn from political parties, but can also stand as independents – make sure to read the manifesto of each candidate and each party.
Why not check out our Common Myths to Voting and Elections Jargon Buster.
How do I register to vote?
The easiest and quickest way is to register to vote online by visiting… gov.uk/register-to-vote.
How do I check if I’m registered to vote?
Every local authority holds the electoral register for their own area. There is no online electoral roll.
To check if you are registered to vote, you will need to contact your local registration office.