Election ’22

Jersey’s next Election will take place on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

All of the 9 constituencies are listed below and include everything you need to be able to vote.

Each constituency page includes:

  • The number of representatives in your constituency
  • The constituency finder: VOTING 101: What, Who, How and Where
  • The list of polling station(s) in your constituency
  • The candidate manifesto booklet for your constituency

Election '22 Timeline

  • Letter to households confirming who is registered to vote

    Early March

  • Final date that propositions can be lodged by the current States Assembly

    10 March

  • Registration for Postal Voting opens

    4 April

  •  Final States Meeting of the current term

    25 April

  • Pre-election period begins (note: during the pre-election period, States Members and the Government have restrictions on how they can communicate and act in a political capacity)

    10 May

  • Deadline to register for the main electoral register at 12pm noon

    10 May

  • Nominations open for both Deputies and Connétables. Forms to be submitted to the Jersey Electoral Authority, Morier House, Halkett Place, St Helier 

    11 - 13 May

  • Nominations close at 5pm

    13 May

  • All Election ’22 candidates announced on Vote.je and to the media

    18 May

  • Registration for Postal Voting closes

    1 June

  •  Candidate manifesto booklets to all households with details of the candidates

    Early June

  • Pre-poll open at St Paul’s Centre, St Helier

    13 - 17 June

  • Deadline to register for the supplementary register at 12pm noon

    15 June

  • In-person Hustings and Candidate Question Time (online events)

    June

  • Deadline for returning postal votes to the Judicial Greffe

    22 June at 12.00pm (noon)

  • Election Day. You can vote at your polling station

    22 June from 8.00am - 8.00pm

  • Successful candidates are sworn in at the Royal Court

    27 June

  • Nominations close for Chief Minister

    27 June at 5.00pm

  • Ceremonial meeting of the States Assembly in relation to the departure of His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor

    30 June

  • States Assembly for selection of Chief Minister take place

    5 July

  • Ministerial nominations tabled by the Chief Minister designate and election of Scrutiny Chairs

    11-12 July

  • States Assembly election for Members of Scrutiny Panels and Committees take place

    19-21 July

Changes to the Election in 2022

It is Jersey’s first Election run under the new rules which were agreed by the States Assembly in 2021. This means big changes for voters:

  • The role of Senator (who represent the whole Island) has been removed. This means that each States Member represents a constituency or a Parish.
  • Number of Deputies: There are now 37 Deputies in the Assembly rather than 29.
  • Electoral constituencies: There are now nine electoral constituencies for the role of Deputy. This means that each constituency more evenly reflects the number of people who live there.
  • Postal voting: All Islanders can now have the option of voting by post. Previously, this was only an option for people who were away from the Island.
  • None of the above: If the number of candidates in a constituency is the same or less than the number of vacancies, then the candidates will not automatically be elected.  Whenever there aren’t more candidates than vacancies, the ballot paper will include a ‘none of the above’ option. This means that voters can indicate if they don’t  want to choose any of the candidates. For example, if only one candidate stands for one vacancy then the ballot paper will have an option for ‘none of the above.’ If five candidates stand for three vacancies, the ‘none of the above’ option would not be included on the ballot paper. Anyone choosing the ‘none of the above’ option can’t also vote for any of the other candidates. If ‘none of the above’ receives more votes than any of the candidate(s) standing, a by-election will be held shortly after the main election.
  • The Jersey Electoral Authority (JEA) will oversee the running of the election.

FAQs for voters

Can I register to vote electronically?

Yes. You can register online at vote.je/register

Can I vote electronically?

You can’t vote electronically at the current time. On 22 March 2016, the States Assembly agreed to a proposition from Deputy G.P. Southern of St. Helier, to research and trial electronic voting systems to introduce a safe and secure mechanism to enable eligible voters to vote electronically. A lot of work and research needs to be done before Jersey can introduce electronic voting. Islanders need to be sure that any electronic system is accurate and secure, and gives voters and candidates confidence in the voting process.

I am not British. Can I vote?

You can register to vote if you have lived in Jersey for two years; or if you have lived in Jersey for six months, plus a period that totals five years.

I will be 16 just before the election. Can I vote?

You can register to vote if you are, or will be aged 16 or over by the date of the Election (22 June 2022).

I asked for a postal vote, but now I want to vote in person

You can do this. When you visit your polling station on election day, make sure you take all the paperwork you received when you planned to cast a postal vote, including your 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.

I’ll be out of the Island on election day, what do I do?

If you aren’t going to be in Jersey on Election Day, then you can cast a postal vote or pre-poll vote instead. More information on different ways of voting will be available soon.

I’m moving house before the election. Do I need to do anything?

If you have registered at your old address before 10 May, you will remain on that register and need to vote in your old constituency for both Constable and Deputies. If you have not registered by 10 May you can join the supplementary register at your new address, however please note, this allows you to vote on Election Day only, not via pre-poll or postal. Whenever you move property, even if it’s within the same Parish, you should inform your Parish Hall. St. Helier is divided up into three constituencies due to its size. This means that if you move house within the Parishes, you may be moving constituencies.

I’ve only been in Jersey for 2 years. Can I vote?

Yes. You can register to vote if you have lived in Jersey for two years; or if you have lived in Jersey for six months, plus a period that totals five years.

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 a 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 they will make the necessary arrangements for you to be able to vote. If you arrive at the polling station to vote in person on on Election Day and you find that your name is not on the electoral register, you should ask to speak to a parish official.

When you vote, a number is placed against your name and that number is on your voting slip. Does that mean your vote can be tracked and is not anonymous?

An electoral number is marked on the counterfoil of the ballot paper, as it is in England and Wales.

The Public Elections Law requires that:

  • Voting shall be by a secret ballot
  • Ballot papers and counterfoil to be numbered serially
  • The voter’s electoral number is marked on the counterfoil
  • An elector must cast their vote unaccompanied in private, unless they are ill, disabled or need assistance with reading.

Access to the Polling Station is restricted to the Autorisé and assistants, the candidates or their nominated agents and the electors – who can only remain at the Polling Station as long as it is necessary to cast their vote. The ballot box is sealed before the ballot commences and remains so during the ballot. 

The ballot boxes are opened after the poll has closed and the ballot papers are counted in such a way that the serial numbers contained on the reverse cannot be seen. Before the votes are counted the counterfoils of used ballot papers are placed in a sealed envelope.

All of the used and unused ballot papers, the counterfoils and the electoral lists must be forwarded in sealed envelopes to the Judicial Greffier as soon as possible after the election who is required to keep them for 12 months. Unless required in a case before the Royal Court, they are then destroyed. By law, the packages containing the used ballot papers and counterfoils cannot be opened except where ordered by the Royal Court in the event that the count is disputed or the decision of the Autorisé as to a disputed ballot paper is disputed.

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