It’s a landmark day for Welsh democracy as 16 and 17 year olds can now register to vote in Senedd and council elections.

Young people from across mid Wales are being encouraged to ensure their voice is heard at the next election in May 2021.

The changes will mean that around 66,000 young people in Wales will now be able to have a say in devolved issues such as health, education and the economy.

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Eluned Morgan, Welsh Labour MS for Mid and West Wales, said: “I am proud that young people will now have a stake in our democracy here in Wales. I think it is a really important step forward for our nation"

Joyce Watson MS said: “Registering to vote is easy and it will ensure you have a say over the decisions that affect you now and that can shape your future.

“I am confident this change will bring new energy to our democratic process.”

The voting age was last lowered in 1969, in the Representation of the People Act, which saw the voting age lowered from 21 to 18.

Register to vote by contacting Powys County Council or go on online at