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Wales decides: Polling stations open in Senedd elections

VOTERS across Wales are heading to the polls for the 2021 election.

40 people will be elected as Members of the Senedd (MSs) representing their local constituencies while 20 further MSs will be elected to represent five large regions.

North Wales, Mid and West Wales, South Wales West, South Wales Central and South Wales East will all have four MSs to represent them.

There will be two ballots for those attending polling stations, one to back a candidate in their constituency and another to support a party list of candidates in their region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

Voters will also be able to choose their next Police and Crime Commissioner.

You can vote for a first and second choice candidate but if no one gets more than 50% of the first choice votes, the bottom two candidates will be eliminated.

If your first choice is eliminated your second choice will be counted if they are in the top two.

The count for the Police and Crime Commissioner election will take place on Sunday, May 9.