Welcome to your vote!
In Wales, 16 and 17 year olds are now able to vote in the Senedd and local elections. The local elections for the County council and for Town/Community councils are being held on Thursday, 5 May 2022.
We all want to see positive change in Wales. But, for democracy to work for everyone, we need young people in Wales to get involved.
That’s why we’re joining other councils in calling for young people across Wales to engage with democracy and have their voices heard.
Flintshire’s Returning Officer, Neal Cockerton, said:
“If you’re 16 or over, you can now have your say on what happens in Wales in the future by getting involved and using your vote.
“Democracy impacts everything around you. So, whatever you’re passionate about, voting in the next local council elections is a great way to get involved.”
To find out more about how you can put your views to good use, head to: gov.wales/use-your-views.
There is also more information here.
In order to have your say, and make your voice heard, you need to register to vote. You can register on-line by visiting gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need your National Insurance number, and it only takes a few minutes.
You should have received your National Insurance number a couple of months before you turned 16. You will need to provide your National insurance number in other circumstances in the future, for example when you get a job, so it is something that needs to be kept safe.
Assistance in locating your National Insurance number can be found at gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number or by telephoning the National Insurance Number Helpline on 0300 200 3500.