However, only 41% of the country ever turns out to vote. In fact, under half of 16-24-year-olds in the UK are even registered to vote.
To vote in an election or referendum in Wales, you have to be 18 years* or older on the day of the vote and you must be on the electoral register.
In England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
*Too young to vote?
You can still influence society, decision-makers and the people around you. Think about it:
- Has anyone ever influenced you in a conversation or everyday discussion?
- Have you ever considered joining groups like Cardiff Youth Council?
- Have you ever heard of Bite The Ballot (Tinie Tempah has…)?
- Did you know you can be heard at a national level by Welsh Government ministers and policy-makers by joining Young Wales?!
Top Links & Videos
About My Vote – Lots of easy-to-understand info about voting in different elections in the UK!
Your Assembly – “A dedicated website for young people to learn about the National Assembly for Wales.”
Voting and Elections – Cardiff Council.
Other links & videos you might find useful
Registering To Vote – Common Questions – Electoral Commission
National Assembly For Wales – About My Vote – Lots of info about elections for the National Assembly in Wales.
Role of the Assembly and how it works – National Assembly for Wales
About Your Parliament – Parliament’s Education Service (for young people and schools)
There are more ways to get involved than “just” voting…
Have Your Say – National Assembly For Wales – Info about how to influence the Assembly through petitions, consultations, events, and more.
Young Wales – be heard at a national level by Welsh Government ministers and policy-makers on important issues, like mental health.
Cardiff Debate – influence the future of public services (e.g. libraries, schools, parks, housing) in Cardiff.