You can only vote in elections if your name is on the register of electors.

You can register to vote if you are:

Resident (usually live) in Wales and aged 14 or over (but you will not be able to vote in Senedd elections until you are 16 or vote in UK Parliamentary, local council or Police and Crime Commissioner elections until you are 18, if eligible).

You must also be either:

  • ​A British, Irish or European Union Citizen, or
  • A qualifying Commonwealth citizen or foreign citizen who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or who does not require such leave.

You can register online here 

What if I live abroad?

If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter.

You must have been registered to vote as a resident in the UK in the last 15 years and be eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary general elections.

If you were too young to register when you left the UK, you can still register as an overseas voter. You can do this if your parent or guardian was registered to vote in the UK, as long as you left the UK no more than 15 years ago.

Overseas voters can only vote in UK Parliamentary general elections and will need to renew their application every 12 months.

You can register online here

What if I am in the Armed Forces or a Crown Servant?

You can register as a service voter if you are:

  • A member of the Armed Forces
  • The spouse or civil partner of someone in the Armed Forces
  • In Wales, a child aged 14 or over whose parent or guardian is a member of HM Forces is also eligible to register as a service voter. They must be living in Wales or would be living in Wales if their parent or guardian were not based overseas. They will not be able to vote in Senedd elections until they are 16 or vote in UK Parliamentary, local council or Police and Crime Commissioner elections until they are 18.

You can register online here

You can register as a Crown servant voter if you are likely to be posted abroad as:

  • A Crown servant (for example diplomatic or overseas civil service)
  • A British Council employee
  • The spouse or civil partner of a Crown servant or British Council employee
  • In Wales, a child aged 14 or over whose parent or guardian is a Crown servant is also eligible to register as a service voter. They must be living in Wales or would be living in Wales if their parent or guardian were not based overseas. They will not be able to vote in Senedd elections until they are 16 or vote in UK Parliamentary, local council or Police and Crime Commissioner elections until they are 18.

What if I have no fixed address?

You are still entitled to register to vote even if you don’t have a permanent fixed address. You can register at a location where you spend a considerable amount of time or have some form of connection with. This could be anywhere within the local authority, for example, a previous permanent address, a shelter or bench. Please contact the office for further information.

Anonymous Registration

If your name appearing on the electoral register will put your safety at risk, you can request to register anonymously. To register to vote anonymously you must supply documentary evidence of a court order or an attestation from an authorised person to support your application. Please contact the office for further information.

For further details write to: -

Electoral Services

The Old Courthouse

Courthouse Street

Pontypridd

CF37 1JW

Tel: 01443 490100

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