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Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021

Section 4 - Duty to promote awareness and provide assistance

41.This section of the Act places a duty on a principal council to promote awareness of how to register to vote at local government elections amongst “relevant young people” and to take whatever action the council thinks is necessary to help them to register.

42.The term “relevant young people” is defined as those who are 14 years of age or older, but under 18 years of age and living in the principal council’s area. Young people of the same age who are not living in the principal council’s area but who are looked after by the council (within the meaning of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014) and young people in that age bracket who are not resident in the area of the principal council and are care leavers for whom the principal council has responsibilities under section 109 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 are also included in this definition.

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