Young people aged 16 and 17 can now vote in Welsh elections. The 2021 Welsh Parliament elections were the first in which 16- and 17-year olds in Wales were allowed to vote. How did this first time opportunity turn out for young people? This is what we are now researching.
The ‘Making Votes at 16 work in Wales’-project evaluates a programme of interventions for the 2021 Welsh Parliament elections that aim to mobilise 16- and 17-year olds, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, to turn out to vote. These include interventions such as
- Youth voter registration initiatives in schools, colleges, and local communities
- Online resources on democratic voter literacy
- Facilitated debates in schools, colleges, and youth groups
- Online election hustings for young people
Interventions have been delivered across Wales in the lead up to the Senedd election. Engaging young people as researchers, the impact will be evaluated using pre- and post-election surveys and focus group discussions with at least 100 young people as well as ongoing election diaries
The project is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust’s UK Democracy Fund. It connects stakeholders in Wales with national and international stakeholders.
Find out more about our funders here: https://www.jrrt.org.uk/uk-df-franchise-in-wales/