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Count Me In: 100 days until polls open

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Thursday 05 March 2020

Today (5th March) marks 100 days until the polls open for the 2020 General Election, Guernsey's first fully Island-wide election.

More than 23,000 people have already registered on the Electoral Roll, and more are signing up every day. Islanders can register by visiting www.election2020.gg or by returning a household registration form. The deadline for registering is 30th April.

The option to sign up to vote by post has already proven popular with around a quarter of those registered requesting a postal vote. Islanders can opt for postal votes by visiting www.election2020.gg, contacting the Election Team, or, if they are yet to sign up to the Roll, they can request a postal vote as part of the online registration process.

Lead Election Officer, David Mullins said:

'We're pleased at the take up of postal votes so far and it isn't surprising. As this is the first time Islanders have been able to cast a vote for all 38 seats in the States Assembly, some voters will undoubtedly want to be able to take their time filling in the ballot paper, from the comfort of their own home. Postal voting means that the voter can cast their vote at their own convenience and in their own time, without having to physically attend a polling station.'

For those who choose to vote by attending a polling station in person, there will be four days when polling stations are open. Advance polling will be held at the Beau Sejour 'super-polling station' on the 13th and 14th June where anyone on the Electoral Roll can cast their vote. Beau Sejour is also a polling station for anyone on the Electoral Roll on 16th and 17th June. Voters can vote in their Parish polling stations across the Island on the 16th and 17th June. A full list of parish polling stations can also be found at www.election2020.gg.

Mr Mullins said:

'The countdown really is on now, with only 100 days to go. We would encourage those who are yet to sign up to get themselves registered sooner rather than later. We'd also ask people who are interested in how the election will work to look our website which has information on registering, voting and standing for election. And for those who have any other questions, our election team is ready to assist. You can email us at elections@gov.gg or by calling 01481 747579.'

This month is also the opportunity for people who have registered to check their details on the Electoral Roll are correct. The roll is available for public inspection until 31st March at the Greffe, the Guille-Allès Library, Sir Charles Frossard House and Beau Sejour during normal opening hours. Each parish office also holds a copy of the roll for that parish. Parish office opening hours can be found at www.gov.gg on the parish contacts page. Household registration forms and postal vote forms are also available from all of the same locations.

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