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Wales win #Votesat16

Monday 29 January 2018 NUS Wales

The Welsh government has announced it intends to modernise Wales’ democracy in a number of ways, including allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote in local elections.

The Welsh government wants to lower the voting age to allow younger people to vote at the council elections in 2022.

Along with lowering the voting age in local elections, the Welsh government also set out plans to modernise democracy in Wales by introducing automatic voter registration - something NUS has been calling on for. 

Carmen Ria Smith, NUS Wales' Deputy President, said: "I'm excited first and foremost because I believe deeply that votes at 16 is crucial to helping our young people and students take part in democracy."

The National Union of Students have pushed for similar moves across the UK. 

An NUS spokesperson said: "Although we welcome the decision to expand the electorate in Wales, it now presents fundamental inequity of rights in this country. Whether or not you have the right to vote is decided by postcode lottery. the situation is both morally and politically unsustainable. We believe that now is the time to lower the voting age across all UK-wide elections, and to secure Votes at 16 once and for all"

MPs are due to debate allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to vote this Spring. For more information about the #Votesat16 campaign, please visit: