Welsh bill introduced to extend the right to vote to 16- and 17-year olds in local elections

Date: 19th November 2019
Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Respect for the views of the child


A proposal to make it possible for 16 and 17 year olds to vote at local council elections is considered as part of the biggest change in the Welsh electoral system since the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1969s.

The proposal was recommended by the independent Expert Panel on Assembly Electoral Reform, following a public consultation. The consultation showed that 59% of people responding agreed the voting should be lowered to 16.

The Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill is currently at Post Stage 3.  Stage 4, during which the Bill will be passed in Plenary, is scheduled to take place on 27th November 2019.