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Voter Registration - 16-17 year olds in Secure Accommodation

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Dear Bridgend County Borough Council,

Section 19 of the Senedd and Elections Act 2020 allows for persons under 18 years of age to register to vote in Senedd Elections using a declaration of local connection. This includes those being kept in any secure accommodation specified in regulations made by the Welsh Ministers in circumstances specified in the regulations (see (2B) (b)).

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can you please provide me with the following information.

1. How many 16-17 year olds held in secure accommodation registered to vote in the 2021 Senedd Election.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Jones

foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Robert Jones,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOI001-4417

We apologise for the delay in responding to your request.

We refer to your email dated 18th May 2022 which contained a request for information as set out below. Following consideration of your request, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I respond to each point as follows:

Section 19 of the Senedd and Elections Act 2020 allows for persons under 18 years of age to register to vote in Senedd Elections using a declaration of local connection. This includes those being kept in any secure accommodation specified in regulations made by the Welsh Ministers in circumstances specified in the regulations (see (2B) (b)).

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 can you please provide me with the following information.

1. How many 16-17 year olds held in secure accommodation registered to vote in the 2021 Senedd Election?

The answer to your question is 0.

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Bridgend County Borough Council
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Bridgend, CF31 4WB

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