How to vote

If you are on the main electoral register (you registered before Tuesday 10 May) then you will have the option to vote:

  • By post

  • At pre-poll

  • On Election Day

Vote by post

Previously, voting by post was only available if Islanders were off-island on polling day.

To vote by post you will need to have:

  • Registered to vote before Tuesday 10 May, so that you are on the main electoral register
  • Registered to vote by post before Wednesday 1 June

If you’ve completed the above steps then:

  • Your ballot paper(s) will be sent to you with a prepaid envelope the week commencing Monday 6 June

Instructions for the postal voter:

  1. You must sign (or mark) the declaration of identity
  2. Place a cross (X) on the right-hand side of the ballot paper(s) opposite the name(s) of the candidates(s) for whom you wish to vote. Do this secretly: if you cannot vote without assistance, the person assisting you must not disclose how you have voted.
  3. Put the ballot paper(s) (but nothing else) in the small envelope marked ‘Ballot paper envelope” and seal it
  4. Then put that envelope, together with this signed declaration of identity, separately in the larger envelope addressed to “The Judicial Greffier”. Return it without delay.
  5. The ballot paper(s) should be received by the Judicial Greffe, no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

If you choose to vote by post, you will not be able to receive another ballot paper at the polling station on election day.

VOTING 101: What, Who, How and Where

Simply enter your postcode into the constituency finder for all the information you need to be able to vote. This includes which constituency you are in, the full list of Deputies and Connétables standing in your constituency, the number of Deputies and Connétables you can vote for and the polling station to use on 22 June '22.

Voting in person

If you are voting in person, you will need to take 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.

Pre-poll: 13 – 17 June

Voters from any Parish or constituency can vote the week before the election at St Paul’s Centre, Dumaresq Street, St Helier. St Paul’s Centre can also be accessed from St Paul’s Gate, New Street.

Pre-poll will be open from 8.30am to 5pm from Monday 13 June – Thursday 16 June and from 8.30am until 4pm on Friday 17 June 2022.

Election Day: 22 June

If you registered at any point before midday on Wednesday 15 June, you can vote on Election Day: Wednesday 22 June at your local polling station, which will be open from 8am to 8pm.

Register to vote

Pre-poll home visits

If you haven’t been able to postal vote, and you are applying for a pre-poll home visit due to illness, disability or illiteracy, you may request an Officer of the Judicial Greffe to visit you at home to enable you to cast your vote.

Please download the Pre-Poll Home Visit Application Form here

If you are unable to complete the application form, please telephone 441366 and a Voting Officer will take your details and complete the form on your behalf.

The pre-poll home visits are between the hours of 10.00am to 4.00pm from Monday 13 to Thursday 16 June 2022 and 10.00am to 12noon on Friday 17 June 2022.

Please note: in order to be eligible to postal vote or receive a pre-poll home visit, you must be registered to vote in your Parish by 12 noon on the 10 May 2022.  If you successfully register after this date, you will only be able to vote on Polling Day at the appropriate polling station.

Pre-Poll Home Visit Application Form

If you are sick on Election Day

If you know you will not be well enough to go to a polling station to vote and you haven’t applied to vote by post, you can arrange a pre-poll home visit. Simply complete the application form (above) or request one from your Parish Hall.

Completed forms must be returned by midday on Thursday 16 June to the The Postal and Pre-Poll Voting Officer – The Judicial Greffe, Roya Court House, Royal Square, St Helier JE1 1JG.

If you fall ill on 22 June 2022 and cannot make it to your polling station, please contact your Parish Hall as soon as possible and they will send an official to you to take your vote.

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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