Can I vote in the 2020 General Election? To be eligible you must be 16 years old by 17th June 2020.
The Law states you must “be ordinarily resident in Guernsey on the date of application to be registered (on the Electoral Roll) and for at least two years immediately preceding that date, or at any time for a period of at least five years.” If you are unsure, please contact the Election 2020 Office by calling 01481 747579 or emailing [email protected].
How will it work?
Our 2020 General Election will be significantly different from previous years. The Island will be one electoral district and electors will vote on an Island-wide basis. This means there will be a greater choice of candidates, but also some changes in how voting takes place.
You will have more choice about how to vote and where to vote and you will also be able to opt for a postal vote even if you are on-island on polling days. Choosing a postal vote will give you plenty of time to fill in your ballot paper at home rather than in a polling booth. The ballot paper can then be posted back or, if you have missed the postal vote deadline, you can take your completed postal ballot to any polling station on any polling day.
Each voter will have one ballot paper and can vote for up to 38 candidates. Given the number of votes available, you might find it easier to request a postal vote so you can fill out your ballot paper at home rather than at a polling station.
How do I vote?
To vote in this General Election you MUST be registered on the Electoral Roll by 30 April 2020. This is a brand-new roll, so even if you have been registered previously you must re-register to vote. You can register online or by using the household registration form which has been sent to every residence in Guernsey. If you have not received a household registration form please email [email protected] or call 01481 747579.
How do I apply for a postal vote?
If you register for the Electoral Roll online you can opt for a postal vote at the same time.
However, if you are registering using the household registration form you will need to request a postal vote at a later date. You can do this online or by filling in an application form available from the Election 2020 Office. Applications for postal votes must be received by 5th June 2020.
Voting in person
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.
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
Parish 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 note completed postal votes may also be dropped off to 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 parish polling stations are as follows:
KGV Club House
St Peter Port
Performing Arts Centre
St Pierre du Bois
St Sampsons Church Community Centre
Electoral Roll registration opens
2 December 2019
Electoral Roll registration closes
30 April 2020
Candidate Nominations nominations open
12 May 2020
Candidate Nominations nominations close
15 May 2020
Advance Voting super-polling station
13-14 June 2020
Parish & Super-polling stations open