Jersey

Jersey election 2014: Move to extend pre-poll voting

Pre-poll voting may be offered in out-of-town locations in a bid to improve turnout at States elections in Jersey.

It is one of a number of suggestions put forward by the Privileges and Procedures Committee.

Currently pre-polling occurs for about three weeks before an election, but only in St Helier on weekdays.

The committee wants to start offering pre-polling at three locations on Saturdays before elections to help those who live and work out of town.

Opening the polling stations is expected to cost about £10,000.

Other proposals include extending the amount of time islanders have to register to vote before an election and allowing prisoners on remand to vote by pre-poll.

The committee also considered whether holding elections on a weekend or bank holiday would encourage more people to vote, but found no evidence it would make any difference.

If approved the changes would come into effect from January - after the next general election in October.

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