The sad truth is that nearly 20 years after devolution the majority of people in Wales still don’t vote in Welsh elections, be that local or Assembly elections.
Democracy is more than just turning up to vote every few years. For democracy to flourish there needs to be a democratic culture.
Welsh Voices is a broad strand of work looking beyond our formal institutions, not the deeper world of political culture. What is putting people off from standing for election? Why do people not vote? How can we get the next generation involved in public life?
We’ve come a long way in the 100 years since some women first were able to vote. Our democracy has radically shifted from that limited extension of voting eligibility, but despite this progress, we haven’t come far enough.
How diverse our elected representatives are is an issue that goes to the very heart of our democracy. We need to be drawing people from the widest possible range of life experiences to put their input into our laws. If people don’t see themselves in modern politics then we cannot blame them for being disengaged and frustrated with the way it is representing them.
In New Voices we look at what is stopping new faces from standing for election in Wales.
Read the New Voices report
The sad truth is that nearly 20 years after devolution the majority of people in Wales still don’t vote in Welsh elections, be that local or Assembly elections. While turnout for General Elections is comparatively high in Wales, there is a huge gap in those that vote in local and UK wide elections.
While turnout isn’t the only indicator of how healthy a democracy is, it’s certainly a good place to start. Yet, this does only offer a small picture of how people really feel about politics.
In Missing Voices we set out to talk to people from across Wales about how they feel about politics and how it can be improved.
Read the Missing Voices report
More information about Welsh Voices
New Voices: How Welsh politics can begin to reflect Wales
How diverse our elected representatives are is an issue that goes to the very heart of our democracy.
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How do people across Wales feel about politics? We spoke with people across Wales about how they feel about politics and how it can be improved.
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