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‘National conversation’ on votes at 16, 20/11/14 [W]

Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, Dame Rosemary Butler, has launched a national conversation with young people aged 11-25 on whether they believe 16 year-olds should be able to vote in all elections.

This follows the announcement from the Westminster Government saying they would legislate to allow 16-year-olds in Wales to vote in any future referendum on the devolution of tax-varying powers to Wales.

16 year-olds were included in the independence referendum in Scotland in September, and contributed to a very successful vote with a high turnout.

Currently young people are excluded from elections, however, despite being able to get married, pay taxes and join the Armed Forces at that age.

Young people can contribute to the conversation on votes at 16 by visiting the ‘Your Assembly – your say, your way’ website at www.yourassembly.org where there is an online survey.

Information will also be available through the Assembly’s Twitter feeds @YourAssembly and @AssemblyWales.