Votes at 16

Wales Bill: Two Steps Forward One Step Back

David Elston's picture

Today the Wales Bill passed in the Senedd with a vote of 38 to 17.

Perhaps the most exciting piece of this bill, is that it does make it possible for us to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Welsh elections.

For me this is one of the big differences between Wales and England; how we treat our young people. At 16 you can drive a moped, join the armed forces, work full time, buy bonds, donate blood, have a passport, leave home, choose a GP and in Wales, as well as having control over your career, being able to leave school at 16, you may soon be able to vote on the very thing that controls all those other liberties.

Party Backs #VotesAt16

Tuesday, 8 December, 2015 - 22:15

Pirate Party backs #VotesAt16 in the EU referendum and future elections


Today, the House of Commons blocked a Lords amendment to lower the voting age  to 16 for the forthcoming EU referendum. The Pirate Party regrets that  decision and backs the growing campaign to lower the voting age to 16  for the EU referendum and all future elections.