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

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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