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"Welcome to your vote" campaign

Earlier this year the Senedd passed a significant new law, known as the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act. One of the important changes included in this new law was to allow 16 and 17 year olds, as well as qualifying foreign citizens, to register and vote in Wales for the first time.

This is a big change to our democracy in Wales and to highlight this, we have launched a new campaign called “Welcome to your vote”. Put simply, we want to ensure that these new voters firstly understand that they can now take part in our democratic process and then are clear as to how to do so.

The campaign will run until the autumn and will specifically target these new groups through advertising on social media, website and digital radio channels.

There will be more work between now and next May’s Senedd elections, including the publication of education resources and a national pre-election campaign, to ensure that voters in Wales, including the newly enfranchised, are aware of their rights and how they can confidently take part in our democracy.

Below are useful answers to some questions you may have about this campaign, the franchise changes and registering to vote.

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How you can support our campaign

How you can support our campaign

Download our welcome to your vote resources and share these with people in your networks, to help spread the word to our newly enfranchised groups.

We’re keen to work with as many partners as possible between now and next year’s Senedd elections, so please contact us if you’d like to get involved.

If you’re eligible, please register online to vote - it’s quick and easy and it will ensure that you’ll be able to take part in next year’s elections. We look forward to welcoming you to your vote!