A new Welsh Government campaign, launched on Monday 15th February, is encouraging new groups of people resident in Wales to make their voices heard in upcoming elections.
The Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act received Royal Assent in January 2020. It extended the vote in Senedd elections to 16 and 17 year olds and qualifying foreign nationals living in Wales. The first election for these newly enfranchised groups will be the Senedd elections planned for May 2021.
The Welsh Government is encouraging everybody from all walks of Welsh life to use their voices to bring about democratic change by voting.
The Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James, said:
True democracy means everyone getting involved and having a say. Using your vote is one of the ways you can make your voice heard.
The upcoming Senedd elections represent an exciting opportunity for new 16 and 17 year old voters and qualifying foreign nationals to use their vote for the first time to shape public services in Wales, and to create a Wales which fits the needs of future generations.
It’s also the perfect chance for those who don’t usually use their vote to have their say and shape genuine democratic renewal in Wales. By taking part in these and future elections, your voice and opinions will help shape growth and positive change in Wales.
Our Welsh Government ambition of building a more equal Wales, representing the needs of all citizens and all communities in Wales, depends on the voices of all ages, all community groups and all regions of Welsh society being heard. By getting involved, you can influence decisions affecting your local area and Wales as a whole.
I look forward to hearing your views and your voices in the landmark forthcoming elections.