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Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020

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Extension of right to vote

10Extension of right to vote in Senedd elections to 16 and 17 year old persons

(1)Section 12 (entitlement to vote) of the 2006 Act is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1)(a), after “constituency” insert “or fall within the extended franchise for Senedd elections as described in this section”.

(3)After subsection (1), insert—

(1A)A person falls within the extended franchise for Senedd elections if the person—

(a)has attained the age of 16, but not the age of 18, and

(b)would, but for any disability removed by this section, be entitled to vote as an elector at a local government election in an electoral area wholly or partly included within the Senedd constituency.

(4)The amendments made by this section have effect for the purposes of an election for membership of the Senedd at which the poll is held on or after 5 April 2021.

11Extension of right to vote in Senedd elections to qualifying foreign citizens

(1)After section 12(1A) of the 2006 Act, insert—

(1B)A person falls within the extended franchise for Senedd elections if the person—

(a)is a qualifying foreign citizen (within the meaning given by section 203(1) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 (c. 2)), and

(b)would, but for any disability removed by this section, be entitled to vote as an elector at a local government election in an electoral area wholly or partly included within the Senedd constituency.

(2)The amendments made by this section have effect for the purposes of an election for membership of the Senedd at which a poll is held on or after 5 April 2021.

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