The Residents of Pembrokeshire are being urged to get their voices heard.
And, the Young People of Pembrokeshire are being encouraged to get involved in local politics too.
Households are currently being circulated voter registration details from Pembrokeshire County Council.
The annual canvass ensures that the local authority can keep the electoral register up to date and pinpoint residents who are missing out on the opportunity to vote.
Changes to the Electoral law in Wales mean 14-16 year olds and qualifying foreign national living in Wales can vote.
By registering, 16 year olds can now take part in future Senedd elections and the upcoming Local Government elections scheduled for 5th May 2022.
“This is a golden opportunity for young people to get actively involved in their communities and prompt local action and change,” said Prof Laura McAllister of Cardiff University Politics Department.
Cllr Mike James Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, said: “This really is a step change for democracy in Pembrokeshire.
It will allow young people to contribute to the public debate and help shape key issues like the environment; social provision & housing and issues that impact their everyday lives.
“It’s therefore important to capture these groups on the electoral register to give them a democratic voice.”
To be eligible to take part in any future elections you must be registered. If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. We will include information explaining what to do to make sure you’re registered, please register online if you can as this is particularly helpful in the current public health situation.
Please respond as soon as you can, as this will help the canvass run smoothly and it means there is no need for us to send you a reminder form – meaning less contact – which is particularly important at the moment due to the Covid-19 pandemic
For more info: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/elections-and-voting
People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details.