29 January 2018
Wales Young Greens are thrilled to see a commitment by the Welsh Government to expand democracy here in Wales. The Welsh Government has drawn up plans that would give 16 and 17 year olds, as well as non-EU citizens residing in Wales the right to vote in the 2022 local elections.
Welsh Young Greens continues to push for the voting age to be lowered for all Welsh elections by 2021.
Andrew Creak, co-chair of Wales Young Greens said; “16 and 17 year olds can leave school, start their working lives, pay tax, join the military, get married and start a family, but they can not vote in the Welsh and UK governments' elections. It is clear to young people that our form of democracy is out of date and needs to catch up with modern society.”
Wales Young Greens support the call for the voting age to be lowered to 16, and publicly support the petition on the Welsh Assembly website calling for the voting age to be lowered.