Jersey's pre-poll referendum attracts 2,000 votes

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More than 2,000 islanders in Jersey have taken the opportunity to vote in advance on government reform.

The island's referendum, which officially takes place on Wednesday, has seen 1,622 pre-poll votes submitted at St Paul's Centre in St Helier.

A further 400 islanders have taken part through postal votes and home visits.

The votes will be counted using an average voting system that allows second votes to be counted if a clear winner is not found in the first count.

The referendum sets out three questions including two options for change and one to maintain the status quo.

Option A will see 42 deputies elected from six large voting districts.

Option B will have 30 deputies elected from six districts and 12 parish constables.

Option C will maintain the status quo of eight senators elected island wide, 29 deputies in a range of constituency sizes and 12 parish constables.

The options were approved by the States by 37 votes to 12 in February, after two days of debate.

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