Calls to fully roll out votes for 16 year-olds in all elections
Leanne Wood AM and Councillor Aaron Wynne with Ysgol John Bright sixth-formers
Today the Welsh government announced that 16 and 17 year-olds will get the right to vote in local government elections in Wales. Councillor Aaron Wynne, who has long-campaigned on lowering the voting age to 16, welcomes today's decision but says the announcement doesn't 'go far enough' and calls for '16 and 17 year-olds to get the vote in all elections.'
Wales' youngest County Councillor, Aaron Wynne, who was elected in May 2017 at only 20 years-old, represents the Crwst Ward on Conwy County Council. Following today's announcement, he said:
"Lower the voting age to 16 is well over due. Young people today are better connected and worldlier than any generation before, and are just as able to come to an informed opinion as anybody else.
"There is a generation of 16 and 17 year-olds emerging from our education system that are well equipped to engage and participate in elections. Young people are denied the chance to influence decisions made by politicians about issues that massively affect their lives, both at a national and local level.
"I welcome today's decision by the Welsh government to lower the voting age to 16 for local government elections. I call on the Welsh government and UK government to fully roll out votes for 16 and 17 year-olds in all elections and referenda.
"Lowering the voting age will engage, inspire and empower 16 and 17 year-olds to influence key decisions that affect their lives and ensure important issues are properly represented. Let’s change the out-of-date stereotype that youths are out-of-touch and create a new generation of politically aware and enthused young adults."