Are you one of the thousands of people in Wales who don’t vote in elections? Missing Voices is on a mission to find out why.
At the General Election in 2017 it was 31.4%
At the EU Referendum that lead to Brexit it was 28.3%
These are the percentages of people who could’ve voted but did not to do so. Are you one of these people? Then Missing Voices would like to hear from you. Missing Voices is having a national conversation with people throughout Wales about voting, barriers to voting, and non-voters’ views on politics.
You may have seen people from Missing Voices already on your local high street or doing focus groups in your local library. If not you can still have your say by doing their short online survey.
Electoral Reform Society Cymru runs the Missing Voices project
Jess Blair, ERS Cymru Director, said:
“We are in an age of fundamental change which will affect every single person in the country.
“The General Election in June saw a three percent rise in turnout in Wales from 2015 and reports suggest that includes a significant peak for young voters. Yet despite this increase there are thousands of people in our society who have no voice on any major decisions that are being made on their lives and we need to find out why.
“That’s why ERS Cymru and our partners have launched Missing Voices. The project engages directly with people who sporadically vote or maybe have never voted before in their lives so that we can understand what needs to be done to make politics more relevant and more engaging. The information we collect will enable us to find a way to break down barriers that stop people voting and get thousands of missing voices in Wales heard.”
Is it burnout? We’ve had 4 election days and 1 referendum over the last 2 years here in Wales. Do politicians not represent you or your views? Maybe you find politics boring? Then let Missing Voices know.
If there are any other problems your family is having, then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.