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Midday Deadline To Register To Vote

Islanders who want to vote in Jersey's upcoming general election by post or pre-poll have to register by 12pm today.

2022 is the first year all islanders are eligible to opt-in to vote by post. At previous elections, only people who were away from the island or unable to get to a polling station because of medical reasons were able to.

At Jersey's last general election in 2018, just 26,947 people exercised their right to vote.

Jenny O'Brien from the States Greffe says they hope making it more flexible will encourage a greater turnout this year:

"Registering to vote takes just two minutes and it’s essential that Islanders wanting to vote by post or pre-poll do so by Tuesday at 12pm.

Voting by post means you can do so on a day and time that works for you, from the comfort of your own home. We hope that this option will make it easier and encourage more Islanders to have their say on who makes the big decisions that affect all our lives."

During yesterday's Liberation Day ceremony in St Helier, the Bailiff called on islanders to use their right to vote.

The Bailiff, Tim Le Cocq, speaking during the Liberation Day ceremony

Tim Le Cocq said not everyone is lucky enough to live in a democracy:

"We have the opportunity in a very tangible way to influence the island’s future and express our beliefs and values in the weeks to come.

We have a general election and individuals will offer themselves for service to the community within the States Assembly. We should not approach this event with cynicism but instead listen to those who offer themselves, and decide who we believe best represents the values of the Jersey we want to see and what we hope for in our community.

I make no apology on this day of the celebration of liberty to urge you to exercise our right as free people to influence our future. It is a choice many in the world do not have."

You can register to vote online or at your parish hall until midday.

Islanders who miss the deadline can still register until 12pm on Wednesday 15 June, but they will only be able to vote at their local polling station on election day itself (Wednesday 22 June) as they won't be on the main electoral register.

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