Jersey Has Lowest Voter Turnout In OECD

Jersey's voter turnout is at the bottom of all OECD countries, with a 30-year average of just over 44%.

The 2022 election had the third lowest with under 42% of eligible voters going to the polls.

The figures come from the independent think tank Policy Centre Jersey. Nearly 30% of those surveyed say they don't trust the island's political system.

June's general election was the first one without senators following electoral reform in 2020.

PCJ believes that accessibility needs to be improved, with increased postal voting and more polling stations.

So-called 'super polling stations' is also a suggestion, where anyone from anywhere in the island can cast their vote.

They have been used in Guernsey's elections, which had a turnout of nearly double Jersey's (79.7%) in the 2020 general election.

Other surveyed say that they don't believe their vote would have made a difference (30%) or they weren't interested and didn't know enough about the candidates (22%)

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