On May 5, council elections are being held across Wales. It will see 1,234 councillors elected, and yet more community councillors.
This year, voting isn’t just taking place on the Thursday but in some areas, a pilot is being trialled for early voting. Voters who live in these wards will be able to vote on Tuesday, May 3, and Wednesday, May 4. In Blaenau Gwent, the Ebbw Vale Learning Zone will be used as an advanced polling station for early voting on the Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the election, which all residents in the county will be able to access. This will include students of the college, who are above the age of 16.
In Bridgend, some wards where there has traditionally been low turnout will be given the option to vote early. In these areas polling stations will be open on the Tuesday and Wednesday before election day. A school in the area will also have an advance polling station where students will be able to vote.
In both Caerphilly and Torfaen council offices in Ystrad Mynach and Pontypool will be used as an advance polling station for all residents of the county on the weekend before election day. The votes will be counted on Friday, May 6. You can see the projected times of results in our story here and all you need to know about elections here.
We asked every Welsh council whether they were closing schools to be used as polling stations, those which have not yet replied will be updated when we receive the answers.
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
- Deighton Primary School
- Glanhowy Primary School
- Coed-y-garn Primary School
- Roseheyworth Road Campus, Abertillery
- Tillery Street Campus Abertillery
- Glyncoed Primary School
- St Joseph’s PC Primary School (closed for inset day)
- Ystruth Primary School (closed for inset day)
Bridgend County Borough Council
Cynffig Comprehensive School is being used as a polling station for pupils only. Pupils at the school who are registered to vote and live within Cornelly or Pyle, Kenfig Hill and Cefn Cribwr electoral wards will be able to cast their vote in school between 8.30am and 4.30pm on Tuesday, May 3, before polling day.
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Carmarthenshire County Council
The following schools are being used as polling stations on May 5
Ceredigion County Council
City and County of Swansea
City of Cardiff Council
Conwy County Borough Council
The following schools are all open but also being used as polling stations.
- Ysgol Gynradd Pentrefoelas, Pentrefoelas, Betws y Coed
- Ysgol Gymunedol Dolwyddelan, Dolwyddelan, Betws y Coed
- Ysgol Gynradd Llanddoged, Llanddoged, Llanrwst
Denbighshire County Council
Four schools are closing and one will remain open along with two nurseries.
- Coed Eva – closed
- Blenheim Road – closed
- Greenmeadow – closed
- Henllys church in Wales – closed
- Woodlands – open
Flintshire County Council
Isle of Anglesey County Council
No schools impacted.
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
The following schools are being used but remain open:
- Pantyscallog Annexe
- Gellifaelog Primary School
- Goetre Infants
Monmouthshire County Council
Neath Port Talbot Council
Four school are being used as polling stations and inset days are being held in three.
- Blaen Baglan Primary School
- Rhydyfro Primary School
- Coed Hirwaun Primary School
- Awel-y-Mor Primary School – community room being used for election
Newport City Council
Pembrokeshire County Council
Powys County Council
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Torfaen County Borough Council
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Wrexham County Borough Council