Members of Clwyd South Labour Party have warmly welcomed reports that the Welsh Government is bringing forward proposals to lower the voting age to 16 and to explore different ways of voting such as electronic methods and roving polling stations.
The proposals would change the voting age to 16 for local elections (CLICK HERE), as already happens in Scotland. Young Clwyd South Labour Party member Tesni, commented, “If sixteen year olds can work, pay taxes and join our armed forces, why shouldn’t they have the right to vote? We should have a say in our future, I don’t think they should limit it to council elections. Our vote could make a difference in other elections too.”
Exploring more ‘modern’ ways of voting are to be welcomed. The worst argument for anything is “that is the way we have always done it”. Bringing in the option of electronic voting is very timely. An active trade unionist member of the local Labour Party stated, “If I can vote electronically for the General Secretary of my trade union, why can’t I do the same for a local councillor?”. In an area where many people drive to their polling stations, there are also environmental benefits.
Clwyd South Labour Party Political Education Officer, Keith Sinclair, remarked, “I welcome these proposals and look forward to reading the detailed plans for change. One area I am keen to examine is why elections to the Welsh Assembly do not appear to have been included, at this stage”.