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ERS Cymru: Missing Voices

ERS Cymru joined with partners throughout Wales to launch our ‘Missing Voices’ project.

The project aims to have an honest conversation about voting and how people across Wales feel about politics. It will also examine the recent increase in political engagement and ask how we can sustain that. While we want to talk to as many people as possible across the country we will be specifically looking to engage with people who don’t vote (or vote sporadically) and hearing their stories.

We launch the project with a survey in Welsh and English and hope you can support it by sharing it using your social media platforms.

As well as our survey, through our partners we will be facilitating a series of focus groups across Wales where we’ll be asking people about voting and elections, and social media discussion groups to reach as many people as possible.

Last week, with one of our partners, Llamau, we participated in two focus groups in Cwmbran and Pontypridd, where we spoke to some of the young people they work with. It is vital that this project gets to listen to as many people as possible and in every part of Wales.

With this in mind are there any groups or organisations in your region or constituency you think we should contact to take part in ‘Missing Voices’?

Please let us know by emailing Mat at matthew.mathias@electoral-reform.org.uk or by replying to this email.

We are delighted to have joined forces with the Electoral Commission, NUS Wales, Cymorth Cymru, Llamau, RNIB Cymru, ProMo-Cymru, Chwarae Teg, the Welsh Government, the National Assembly for Wales, WISERD, Citizens Advice, Open Government Network Wales and the Swansea Council for Voluntary Services on the project. Through the data collected, together with building on existing research, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of barriers and drivers to non-voting. The findings of the project will be reported in the autumn.

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