Welcome consultation to lower voting age to 16

Ynys Môn Assembly Member Rhun ap Iorwerth has welcomed the decision to consult on giving young people from the age of 16 the right to vote in local elections. It is part of a Welsh Government consultation document that includes many changes to the current electorate system such.
Anglesey AM Rhun ap Iorwerth stated:
“I am a strong believer in lowering the voting age to 16, and it is something that Plaid Cymru has campaigned for for years. It is important that young people see that there is a place for them in Welsh democracy. By lowering the voting age, we’re opening the door of democracy wider to a new generation of voters. I hope that young people will take advantage of the opportunity to be able to vote to change things in the political world.”
Elin Lloyd Griffiths, a 17 year old student at Ysgol David Hughes who is currently on work experience with Rhun added:
“I am very happy to see that the Government will consider lowering the voting age to 16 years old in local elections. As a 17 year old myself, it has been very frustrating not being able to use my vote due to my age especially as politics has been evolving and changing rapidly in the past year in particular. However, the fact that the Welsh Government is aware of the young person’s voice is extremely significant, and I hope that this will only be the beginning of the journey to ensure that the young person’s voice is heard loud and clear.”