Jersey’s next General Election will take place on Wednesday 22 June 2022.
It is the first General Election run under the new rules which have been agreed by the States Assembly. This means big changes for voters:
- There are now 9 Electoral Districts instead of 12. This means that each district reflects the number of people who live there.
- The role of Senator (who represent the whole Island) has been removed. This means that each States Member represents a District or a Parish.
- There are now 37 Deputies in the States Assembly rather than 29.
- Islanders can vote via postal vote. This means you can still vote, even if you’re going to be off-Island on Election Day.
- The Jersey Electoral Authority (JEA) has been created, which will oversee the running of the election.
- Every ballot sheet will now have a ‘none of the above’ option. This means that voters can indicate if they don’t agree with any of the candidates.
There are also changes for people who are standing for election, including changes to how much they can spend on their election campaign, who they can accept donations from, and how long they have to declare their expenses.
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July 2021 Update
In July 2021, the States Assembly also agreed to the following changes that will impact the 2022 elections. These include:
• Counts expenditure from 4 months before election rather than just from nomination night
• Deals with political parties’ expenditure when shared
• Deals with donations for independent candidates
• Deals with political party donations
• Extension of submission period for expenditure to four weeks
• Introduces a receipt from JEA for expenditure returns
• JEA to send a reminder to all candidates 5 days before submission deadline
• Allows for audits of expenditure by the JEA
• Failure to comply – maintains disqualification if convicted, but no offence is deemed committed if there was a ‘reasonable excuse’
How do I vote?
To vote, you need to be over the age of 16. You also need to have lived in Jersey continuously for the last 2 years or have lived in Jersey for the last 6 months, plus another 5 years. You can register to vote online by visiting www.vote.je/register. You need to register before the 5th June to be eligible to vote in 2022.
On the day, you will need to got o your designated polling station with some photographic identification, like a driving licence or a passport.
Staff will mark your name off on the electoral register and give you your ballot papers. You will then be able to go to the voting booth and cast your vote by putting an ‘x’ beside the name of the candidate you want to vote for. You will be asked to place your ballot papers into the ballot box.
If you want to vote using a postal vote, you should register as usual. More information on postal voting will be available soon.
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