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Public Elections

Introduction

The Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 may be viewed on  jerseylaw and is available from the States Greffe.

 

When is a Public Election held?

A public election is held to elect:

  • the Connétable, Centeniers and Procureurs du Bien Public of each Parish;
  • Senators for the Island and
  • a Deputy or Deputies for each Parish (or for districts within the parish for St Helier, St Brelade and St Saviour).

The Royal Court will set the date for each Public Election. Dates of forthcoming elections will be advertised on the Parish website and also on vote.je 

If you meet the criteria you may apply to register as an elector. Apply online or complete and return this form to your Parish Hall.

Register as an Elector

An election for one Procureur du Bien Public in each Parish is held every 18 months. The next elections will be on 12 September 2018. Those elected will take the oath of office on 14 September 2018.

Nomination form for candidate for election as Procureur du Bien Public

Elections for Centeniers are held every 9 months. The next elections will be on 12 September 2018. Those elected as Centenier will take the oath of office on 14 September 2018. 

Nomination form for candidate for election as Centenier

Nomination meetings will be held in all parishes in August 2018. The time, date and place of the nomination meetings are advertised in the Jersey Gazette online . To vote in an election your name must be included on the electoral register by midday on the day before the nomination meeting.

Elections for 8 Senators, 12 Connétables (one for each Parish) and for 29 Deputies in parishes or parish districts are held every four years. The next elections are in 2022 (see vote.je). 


Election of States members in 2018

Elections for 8 Senators, 12 Connétables (one for each Parish) and for 29 Deputies in parishes or parish districts was held on Wednesday 16 May 2018 (see vote.je for further information and results). 

Nomination form and guidance notes for candidates for election as Senator, Connetable or Deputy (March 2018)

Anyone who is eligible and registered to vote by noon on Monday 9 April 2018 can vote in these elections on polling day and also by pre-poll vote or postal vote.

Anyone who is not registered by that date, but is eligible and registers to vote by noon on Wednesday 9 May 2018, will have their name added to the 'supplementary register' but can only vote at the polling station for their Parish on polling day 16 May 2018.


Can I vote in a Public Election?

You may vote in a Public Election if your name is on the Electoral Register which is used for that election.

You may cast your vote on polling day, or use the pre-poll or postal voting options.

 

How do I add my name to the Electoral Register?

You may add you name to the Electoral Register if you are ordinarily resident in the electoral district and you meet, or within the next 3 months you will meet, the following criteria (but you may not have your name on more than one electoral register at a time):

  • be at least 16 years old; and
  • have been -
    • (A) ordinarily resident in Jersey for the period of at least 2 years up to and including that day [option A]; or
    • (B) ordinarily resident in Jersey for a period of at least 6 months up to and including that day, as well as having been ordinarily resident in Jersey at any time for an additional period of, or for additional periods that total, at least 5 years [option B].

If you meet the criteria you may apply to register as an elector. Apply online  or complete and return this form to your Parish Hall.

Register as an elector 

A person who has registered up to 3 months in advance of meeting the criteria may only vote from the date they actually meet the criteria.

Use this form to make a Subject Access Request about electoral information.

 

How do I check that my name is on the Electoral Register?

Call your Parish Hall to check that your name is included on the Electoral Register (address/contact details and office hours are on this website).

 

What if I change my address?

If you change your address you must notify the Parish. Use the change my name or address online service or complete and return the form Notify a change of name or address 

If you are moving away from Jersey you can complete an online form to notify your Parish, States of Jersey departments as well as your GP surgery (only if you want). For more information and the online form please take a look at www.gov.je/LeavingJersey

  

Do I have to renew my registration?

Before 1 November each year your Parish will send a 'statement' to every unit of dwelling accommodation. This will show the names of all persons resident at that dwelling that are on the Electoral Register.

If your name is on the statement, ensure your details are correct and sign the statement.

If your name does not appear on the statement, but you meet the criteria to register as an elector, add your name and sign the statement.

If the statement includes the name(s) of person(s) who are no longer resident at the address then cross through the name(s).

The statement must be checked, completed, signed and returned to the Parish by 1 December so the register can be brought up to date.

 

Is the Electoral Register available for inspection?

A copy of the Electoral Register as at 1 September is available for inspection at the Jersey Library.

The Electoral Register is a 'rolling register'. The copy at the Jersey Library will not contain any changes made since 1 September. To view the current Electoral Register you should contact the Parish Hall.