Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I have to be on the Electoral Roll to vote?
To make sure our election is fair and democratic we have to keep a list of eligible voters. Each person is entitled to one ballot paper, the Electoral Roll is the only way to keep track of this and maintain the integrity of the election.
Who will have access to my information on the Electoral Roll?
The Electoral Roll is available to be viewed in hard copy by the public for a period before the General Election, and copies of the roll are available to candidates standing for election who might use it to get in touch with you.
How can I check if I’m on the Electoral Roll?
Those who apply online are sent an auto-reply email confirming registration and postal vote options. There is no immediate confirmation for paper registrations but there are other ways to check if you are on the roll. The Electoral Roll has been made available for public inspection from 1 March to 31 March 2020 so that anyone can see if they are included. It will be available at all the parish offices, Beau Sejour, Sir Charles Frossard House, the Greffe and the Guille-Alles Library during normal opening hours. Reminder cards will also be sent out to all households where nobody has registered by 3 March 2020. If you receive one of these reminder cards it means nobody in your household has registered and you should register straight away if you want to vote in June. After the roll closes all people on the Electoral Roll will be sent a registration card where they will have a chance to check their details are correct and inform the Election 2020 Office of any errors.
I've moved house since registering, what should I do?
Please contact the Election 2020 Office on 747579 or email [email protected].
I returned my household registration form a while ago, will you confirm receipt of my form?
No, we will not contact you to say we have received your form, but we will send you a registration card in due course. This will allow you to check the details you have sent us and contact the Election 2020 Office on 01481 747579 or by emailing [email protected] if there are any mistakes. If you want confirmation you are on the Electoral Roll you can view it while it is open for public inspection during March 2020.
I want to vote but don't want my address to be on the Electoral Roll?
Under certain circumstances, where a person or a member of their family or property would be at risk of harm or damage if their address becomes public, such as victims of domestic abuse, it may be suitable to omit their details from the published Electoral Roll.
I’m already registered on the Electoral Roll, why do I have to re-register?
It’s best practice to have a new Electoral Roll for each election. Without this the roll soon becomes out of date as people’s circumstances change and this leads to problems and delays on election day. Therefore, the previous roll ceases to be valid and we must ask that everyone re-registers.
When will the Electoral Roll be available for public inspection?
The Electoral Roll as of 26 February 2020 is now available for public inspection and will be available until 31 March 2020. The full roll (all parishes) is available to view at Sir Charles Frossard House, Beau Sejour, the Guille-Alles Library and at the Greffe. Each parish office will have a copy of the roll for that parish. The roll is available to view during normal opening hours for each venue. When viewing the roll you are not allowed to take photographs or copy any part of the roll.
Candidates And Manifestos
When will I find out about the candidates?
Nominations open on the 12th May 2020 and close on 15th May 2020. We will publish the candidates' details as soon as we can after the nominations close. You will be able to see all the manifestos here.
How can I learn about the candidates?
Candidates will be able to share information with you through this website. There will be a page for candidate manifestos with links to their own websites if they choose. There will also be short videos of the candidates delivering their “minute manifesto”. In addition we will compile a joint manifesto limiting the candidates to two sides of A4 each. This will look like a magazine and will be delivered to every home on the Electoral Roll. Further copies, if needed, will be available to collect from a central location.
Will there be a hustings?
In previous years hustings have been arranged by each district. Now that the Island is one electoral district the old style hustings are unworkable. Instead we are looking at a different type of “meet the candidate” event and details will be released once decided.
What is Island-wide voting?
This is the result of the 2018 referendum and means that any elector, regardless of parish, can vote for any candidate. The former polling districts have been abolished and the Island is now considered one single voting district.
Where will the polling stations be?
If you are registered on the Electoral Roll you can vote in person at either your parish polling station or at the super-polling station at Beau Sejour. Please note completed postal votes may also be dropped off at any polling station if the return postal deadline has been missed. A postal vote can only be accepted at a polling station if it is accompanied by the ID verification form and return envelope issued in the postal ballot pack. The Beau Sejour super-polling station will be open to all registered islanders (who have not opted for a postal vote) from 8am to 8pm on the following days: Saturday 13 June, Sunday 14 June, Tuesday 16 June, Wednesday 17 June. arish polling stations will be open only to residents of that parish who are on the Electoral Roll (who have not opted for a postal vote) from 8am to 8pm on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 June 2020. Please click here for a list of polling station locations.
What time will the polling stations open?
All polling stations will be open from 8am to 8pm
Why do I have to vote at my parish station if it's an island-wide vote?
The term ‘island-wide voting’ means that you can vote for anyone across the island instead of just those in your district as in previous years. For administrative purposes each parish polling station will only have Electoral Roll information for that particular parish. However, the super-polling station will have an island-wide Electoral Roll so anyone can vote there.
What will the ballot paper look like?
It will be bigger than usual, given the expected number of candidates and it is likely you will have to fill in a small oval shape to indicate your preferences as the ballot papers will be read by electronic counting machines. More information on this will be released once confirmed.
What if I am away for the duration of the election?
If you are ordinarily resident in Guernsey but will be away for the duration of the election then you can apply for a postal vote. This can be done online here or by filling in a postal vote application form available from the Election 2020 Office.
What if I vote for 39 candidates by mistake?
You can vote for up to 38 candidates. If you vote for 39 or more candidates your vote will not count and will be classed as a spoilt paper.
I have a relative who finds it difficult to walk, can I drive them to the polling station and then help them fill in a ballot paper in the car?
Ballot papers must not be removed from the polling station. Opting for a postal vote may be the best option under these circumstances.
What if I have lost my postal vote?
If you have lost your postal ballot or it has been damaged and can no longer be used please contact the Election 2020 Office on 01481 747579 or email [email protected].
Can I cancel a postal vote?
If you have requested a postal vote and it has not yet been issued you can apply to have your postal vote cancelled at the discretion of the Registrar-General. Please contact the Election 2020 Office on 01481 747579 or [email protected] for help.
I can't remember if I have selected a postal vote, can I check?
Contact the Election 2020 Office on 01481 747579 or [email protected] and a member of the team will help you.
How do I make a complaint about something?
If you have a complaint about anything to do with the General Election then please contact the Election 2020 Office on 01481 747579 or email [email protected].
How will you protect my personal information?
We will comply with all applicable data protection laws. Electoral Rolls given to candidates for use during the election must be returned to the Election 2020 Office after use. To see our Fair Processing Notice click here.
What steps are being taken to make sure this election is accessible to all?
Accessibility has been considered throughout the election organisation process. Working with Third Sector partners and the States Disability Officer, we aim to ensure that information on this website and in documentation is presented in an accessible way. Documents and forms in large print format are available on request and we also hope to offer an audio version of the combined manifesto. We aim to have easy access to all polling stations and to offer an adapted polling booth with a lower level writing surface. Any voter can ask for help filling in their ballot paper and our polling station staff will be ready to assist. In addition our outreach team plans to offer pre-polling assistance to any group which requests it.
You can contact the team by phone: 01481 747579
By email: [email protected]
Or by post:
The Election 2020 Office,
Sir Charles Frossard House,
St Peter Port,
Guernsey GY1 1FH