A new campaign launched this month, aimed at encouraging the thousands of people in Wales missing from the electoral registers to sign up to have their say at upcoming elections.

The campaign is designed to encourage people to celebrate and take pride in being on the electoral register. The new TV advert features a diverse group of people who have registered to vote showing it off to friends, neighbours and colleagues. It calls on people to register ahead of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Wales on Thursday, May 2, before the registration deadline passes on April 16. It marks a shift from previous campaigns which have emphasised how quick and easy registration is, to instead focus on the feel-good factor of participating in democracy. 

The advert aims to appeal to many of the groups less likely to be registered, including young people, ethnic minorities, and disabled voters.

Around 2.5 million people are estimated to be eligible to vote at the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Wales. Yet, as many as 400,000 people are either incorrectly registered or missing from the register entirely.

Rhydian Thomas, Head of the Electoral Commission, Wales said:

“Elections are an important opportunity for people to have a say on the issues that matter to them. We know every year that people lose the opportunity because they aren’t on the electoral register, that represents millions of missing voices.

“Ahead of the May elections, and with a UK Parliamentary general election on the horizon, it is important that people are registered so their voice is heard at the ballot box. Anyone who wants to cast a ballot in the May elections has until the deadline on April 16 to register.”

To be eligible to vote at the PCC elections you must be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in Wales, aged 18 or over. Anyone previously on the register who has recently moved home or whose details have changed will need to register again.

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections will also mark the first time voters in Wales will need to show photographic ID to vote at the polling station. The Commission is working to raise awareness of the voter ID requirement. A list of accepted forms of ID is available on electoralcommission.org.uk and free voter ID is available to those who do not have an accepted form of photo ID.