Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I vote before 24th April?
You can cast a postal vote if you are going to be out of the Island on Wednesday 24th April 2013. You can pre poll vote from 8th April until 19th April (9.00 am to 5.00 pm) at St. Paul’s Centre, Dumaresq Street, St. Helier.
2. I am not British. Can I vote?
You can register to vote if you have lived in Jersey for 2 years; or if you have lived in Jersey for 6 months, plus a period that totals 5 years.
3. I will be 16 just before the election. Can I vote?
You can register to vote in the referendum if you are 16 by 3rd April 2013. You cannot register until the day you turn 16 years old.
4. I asked for a postal vote, but now I want to vote in person
No problem. Go to your polling station on 24th April and take along all the paperwork that was sent to you by the Judicial Greffier when you planned to cast a postal vote, including the ballot paper. See one of the officials at the polling station and you will be able to use your ballot paper to vote in person.
5. I’ll be out of the Island on referendum day
If you aren’t going to be in Jersey on 24th April 2013, then you can postal or pre-poll vote instead. See question 1 above for more information.
6. I've moved house, but I am still in the same parish. Do I need to do anything?
If you’ve moved house recently, then it would be a good idea to check that your polling station is still the same, especially if you live in St. Helier, St. Saviour, St. Brelade, because those parishes are divided up into different districts. Go to ‘How Do I Vote’ to find out.
7. I was not born in Jersey, I've only been here 2 years. Can I vote?
Yes. You can register to vote if you have lived in Jersey for 2 years; or if you have lived in Jersey for 6 months, plus a period that totals 5 years.
8. My name has been accidentally omitted from the electoral register. Can I still vote?
If you apply to pre-poll vote or to postal vote and you find that your name is not on the register, there is still something you can do. If you think there has been some mistake, you should advise the Judicial Greffier that you believe there has been an error. The Judicial Greffier may ask you for additional information to support what you have said. If the Judicial Greffier is satisfied that there has been an administrative error, your name will be added to the copy of the register and make the necessary arrangements for you to be able to vote.
If you arrive at the polling station to vote in person on 24th April, and you find that your name is not on the electoral register, you should ask to speak to a parish official.
9. Can my campaign group hire school premises for a meeting?
This will depend on whether recognised campaign groups form for each of the 3 options.
School premises may be available outside of school hours in order to hold meetings with prospective voters. In the interests of absolute impartiality, representatives from recognised campaign groups for each of the 3 options must be present at any such meeting.
Youth premises may also be available outside youth session hours in order to hold meetings with prospective voters.
Young people attending a youth project may wish to invite campaign groups to meet them on youth centre premises, but such meetings should be at the instigation of the young persons themselves. If agreed, the invitation would need to be issued to campaign groups for each of the 3 options.
Campaign groups interested in hiring out premises are invited to contact the school or youth premises directly to determine availability.