Changes to voting in Wales

There have been a few recent changes to the Welsh voting franchise. 

Young people aged 14 and 15 are now able to register to vote and 16 and 17 year olds can now vote in Welsh Parliament (Senedd) elections and Local Government elections.

This means that during the May 2022 Local Government and Community Council  elections, there will be an opportunity for thousands more voters to have their say.

This presents an exciting opportunity for young people, as for the first time, they will have a hand in choosing who represents them in Torfaen.

Young people’s new voting powers do not extend to UK general elections, as you still have to be 18 to vote in general elections

When Can I Register?

You can register now. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and follow the steps to register. You do not have to be 16 to register to vote. You can register from 14, unfortunately you will have to wait a little while to vote.

To enable you to vote at an election registrations must be received 12 days prior.

For further information visit the How to Register area of the website.

Last Modified: 19/10/2021
For more information contact:

Electoral Registration

Tel: 01495 762200

Email: voting@torfaen.gov.uk

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