Jersey referendum prompts electoral roll record


A record number of people have registered to vote before a referendum on the set up of Jersey's government.

Only those on the island's electoral roll are able to vote on three options for possible changes to the States.

Across the 12 parishes, 63,945 are on the roll, an increase of 2,035 on those registered ahead of the 2011 election.

Michael de la Haye, Greffier, said: "If anyone is still uncertain about whether their name is included, they can simply contact their parish hall to check."

He said: "With the campaign for the referendum now well underway it is very encouraging to note that a record number of people in Jersey will be entitled to vote."

Mr de la Haye said he hoped there would a large turnout. The last election saw a turnout of about 48%.

Polling stations will be open between 08:00 and 20:00 BST on Wednesday 24 April.

There is also the option to vote in advance by post or at St Paul's Centre, in St Helier, from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday until 14:00 on 22 April.

The pre-poll system was first used at the 2011 election and was used by more than 3,000 people - 2,516 people cast their vote early in person and 517 islanders voted by post.

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