With local government elections due to take place on Thursday 5 May, residents across Bridgend County Borough are preparing to go to the polls to cast their vote and make their voices heard.
Local polling stations will open their doors at 7am on Thursday 5 May 2022 and will remain available until 10pm that night.
Residents will be asked to decide who they want to represent them on Bridgend County Borough Council and town and community councils for the next five years.
Following a recent review undertaken by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales, this election will be the first to feature a new 28-ward structure with 51 members at county borough level.
Fifteen of the new wards will be represented by more than one councillor, seven will feature two councillors, and eight will feature three councillors.
The election will also account for 83 seats covering nine local town and community councils across 18 community wards.
All eligible voters who have registered should have received a polling card advising them of which polling station they should visit on election day.
While some voters have arranged to vote by post or through a proxy, an advance voting pilot is available within specific wards to encourage more people, especially young and first-time voters, to cast their ballots.
The pilot scheme means that registered voters living in Brackla East and Coychurch Lower, Brackla East Central, Brackla West, Brackla West Central, Cornelly, Pyle, Kenfig Hill and Cefn Cribwr or St Bride’s Minor and Ynysawdre have been able to cast their votes early between 7am-9pm on Tuesday 3 May and Wednesday 4 May.
As part of the same scheme, registered young voters who attend Cynffig Comprehensive School and who live within the Cornelly or Pyle, Kenfig Hill and Cefn Cribwr wards were also able to vote within the school on Tuesday 3 May.
You can find out more, including using a post code checker to confirm where your local polling station is located, by visiting the Electoral Commission website.
At the end of polling, ballot boxes will be securely stored before counting begins at 9am on Friday 6 May.
Results are expected to start coming through from approximately 2pm onwards, and you can keep up to date on developments by following the council’s official Twitter account, @BridgendCBC.