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AMs urged to back votes for 16-year olds

Assembly members will be asked to back moves to allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to vote in local government elections. The Welsh Liberal Democrats hope to win support for an amendment to a debate in the Senedd this afternoon. The party's leader Kirsty Williams says,

Evidence shows that voting becomes a habit, therefore is it really that surprising that so many people are disillusioned with our democracy when they are excluded from the system when they are 16?

16 year olds are considered old enough to leave school and pay taxes, therefore it is only right they are considered old enough to have a say in how we are governed.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader