Votes at 16 in Wales


Next year’s Senedd elections will be the first in which 16 and 17 year olds and legally resident foreign nationals are allowed to vote in Wales, in a major expansion of the franchise following the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020.

This is a major step forward for Wales, although work still needs to be done to ensure that young people are heard at all levels of government.

With so many decisions taken now having a direct impact on young people's future, it is crucial that the politicians of today listen to young people and act. Welsh Young Liberals Chair, Chloe Hutchinson said "From the climate emergency to Brexit, to the long term recovery from COVID-19, it is young people that will be most severely affected. I hope this change means that their voices are listened to."

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To celebrate this achievement, we are asking our members to share why this change matters to them. If you want to be involved send a short clip to wales@youngliberals.uk by the 4th June.

You can sit down and talk at the camera, film vlog style, dance/ get moving, TikTok, whatever is your style! Be true to yourself but remember that this will be posted on official Welsh Young Liberal channels.

Video clips should be no longer than 30 seconds, completing the sentence. We welcome submissions in both English and Welsh.

Not sure what to say, complete the sentence: "Votes at 16 is important because..."

The aim is to send out a strong positive message from our Welsh Young Liberal members. Our social media has been a bit quiet and we have the chance to change that at this difficult time. Hopefully this will be the first of a few smaller social media campaigns we will run. If you have any ideas, please get in touch or think of putting yourself forward for campaigns officer! 


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