The Speaker
Saturday, 18 May 2024 – 11:46

New voters encouraged to make their voices heard in upcoming Senedd elections

The Welsh Government launched a new campaign this week to encourage Wales’ new voters to make their voices heard in the upcoming elections.

As part of the Welsh Senedd elections planned for May this year, 16 and 17-year-olds and qualifying foreign nationals living in Wales will be able to vote for the first time. 

The extension of the franchise in Wales comes after the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act received Royal Assent in January 2020.

The Welsh Government is encouraging everybody from all walks of Welsh life to use their voices, from starting a petition to voting in the election. A new webpage detailing possible ways to get involved has been set up at

Julie James, Minister for Housing and Local Government has called for people to make their voices heard;

“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.”


To register to vote, visit

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