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Changes to the Eligibility to Vote – Qualifying Foreign Citizens and Young People

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The Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020 extends the franchise to include qualifying foreign nationals for Senedd elections and the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 extends the franchise to qualifying foreign nationals for local government elections held on or after 5 May 2022.

The entry in the combined registers of a qualifying foreign citizen must give an indication of that fact.

Electors of any nationality are eligible to register to vote in Senedd elections and local government elections, providing they meet the age and residency requirements and that they are not legally incapable of voting.

A qualifying foreign national is a person who is not;

  • a Commonwealth citizen, or
  • a citizen of the Republic of Ireland

and who has or does not require leave to remain or is treated as having leave to enter or remain in the UK.

Subject to meeting the age, residency and legal capacity requirements, citizens from the Republic of Ireland and the Commonwealth are eligible to register to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.

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