If you’re a UK citizen over the aged 18 or over then you have a right to vote. In Wales, 16 and 17 year olds can vote in the Senedd elections. You need to register to be able to vote. You can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
There are different elections that take place at different times, such as:
- The Senedd
- Police and Crime Commissioner
- General Election
- Local Government
Your eligibility to vote in certain elections depends on three things:
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
Your Vote Matters – 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.”
Other links & videos you might find useful
Operation Black Vote – works to ensure we have greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK. Their work includes voter registration, lobbying politicians, mentoring schemes and political leadership programmes.
TheSprout.co.uk – Politics – check out our magazine section on politics to see what other young people in Cardiff are talking about when it comes to voting, democracy and Brexit.
Shout Out UK – Youth news platform that provides young people with the tools necessary to engage in politics.
Senedd – Information about the Senedd and their work
Welcome to your UK Parliament – Information for young people and schools.
There are more ways to get involved than “just” voting…
Senedd Now – Information about what’s happening at the Senedd and how you can take part.
Young Wales – be heard at a national level by Welsh Government ministers and policy-makers on important issues, like mental health.