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Changes put forward for Guernsey's voting system

People in Guernsey could be able to vote on the weekend before and the day before Election day next year. Credit: ITV Channel TV

People in Guernsey could be able to vote on the weekend before and the day before Election Day next year.

It is one of a number of potential changes put forward by the States Assembly & Constitution Committee in its second policy letter on the arrangements for the 2020 General Election.

Other potential changes include introducing electronic vote counting and sending candidate manifesto booklets to all homes on the Electoral Roll.

There are also plans to improve the Election website. This would include individual pages for each candidate, videos of each candidate, a Q&A section for members of the public to put questions to the candidates, and the ability for the public to create a printable shortlist of candidates.

The committee says the changes will need a higher budget than previous years.

The policy letter is being submitted with a request that it be debated at the December States' Meeting.

The Committee's proposals seek to ensure voters are fully informed about the Election and the candidates, that candidates are supported in getting their message out to the voters, that an appropriate administrative framework is in place to support the voting process, and that technology is used to assist in the vote count.

In order to support the introduction of this new electoral system, the Committee is requesting a higher budget than in previous years to ensure appropriate resources are allocated in all areas.

– Deputy Neil Inder, The President of the States' Assembly & Constitution Committee