Key election dates

 

x April 2025: Electoral role closes

12 May 2025: Nominations open

14 May 2025: Nominations close

x May 2025: Last day for applications for a postal vote

x June 2025: Performing Arts/Beau Sejour super-polling stations open

x June 2025: Performing Arts/Beau Sejour super-polling stations open

x June 2025: Parish and Performing Arts polling stations open

18 June 2025: ELECTION DAY. Parish and Performing Arts polling stations open. Deadline for receipt of postal votes.

19 June 2025: Votes counted and result announced

 

Responsibilities

 

The Committee for Home Affairs (President: Rob Prow) is responsible for the Electoral Roll. To discuss Electoral Roll issues contact Anne Cann anne.cann@gov.gg.

The States Assembly and Constitution Committee (President: Deputy Carl Meerveld) is responsible for proposing the timing and rules of the election. These proposals are contained in a two policy papers which were included in the Jan and May 2024 Billets and voted on in the States. For links to those Billets, read our Election Rules Briefing Note.

The Registrar-General for the election is Colette Falla. It is not a political role, Ms Falla is not answerable to a States committee. For practical matters relating to the conduct of Election 2025, contact Emma Atkinson, Deputy Registrar-General of Elections: emma.atkinson2@gov.gg.

The Bailiff, as Presiding Officer of the States, is responsible for receiving and checking candidate nominations and announcing the result of the vote.

 

Eligibility to stand

 

You can stand for election as a Deputy if you:

·       Are 18 years or over.

·       Are on the Electoral Roll.

·       Are ordinarily resident in Guernsey on the date of your nomination as candidate.

·       Have been ordinarily resident in Guernsey for the two years immediately before the date of nomination, or for five years in total at any time before the date of nomination.

·       Have not been sentenced by a court in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man to imprisonment for a period of six months or more, whether suspended or not, without the option of a fine, in the last five years.

There are also specific conditions relating to criminal offences committed in the last five years. Contact the Election 2025 office for details on elections@gov.gg. Unspent convictions will need to be declared on the nomination form.

 

Voting

 

Opportunities to vote in person

Parish polling stations will be open to residents of that parish who are on the Electoral Roll and have not opted for a postal vote from 8am to 8pm on Wednesday 18 May 2025.

Additional voting dates and venues may be announced nearer the time – in 2020 there were Super Polling Stations at Beau Sejour and the Performing Arts Centre. Anyone on the Electoral Roll who has not opted for a postal vote can use the super-polling stations, regardless of where they live on the island.

Postal votes

Anyone can have a postal vote in Guernsey (in Jersey, you can only have one if you aren’t on the island at the time of the vote).

If you register for the Electoral Roll online you can opt for a postal vote at the same time.

However, if you register using the printed household registration form you will need to request a postal vote at a later date. You will be able to do this online or by filling in an application form available from the Election 2025 office.

Postal vote packs will sent out at some point between nominations closing on 14 May 2025 and the election on 18 June 2025. They can’t be sent earlier because the names of the candidates won’t be known until 14 May. Postal votes must be returned to the address on the envelope to arrive by Wednesday 18 May 2025.

In 2020, postal votes could be returned by hand to a polling station.

In 2016, there were 2000 postal votes (8%). In 2020, 21,000 postal votes were issued and 18,000 were used (75% of the vote). 4,000 of the 18,000 were returned by hand to a polling station.

Ballot paper

In 2020, 118 candidates stood for election for 38 seats. The ballot paper was long and folded in three.

The Registrar will work with the Guernsey Disability Alliance to try to make the ballot paper as accessible as possible. There will be magnifying glasses at polling stations and assistance to fill it in is allowed.

If someone votes for 39 people by mistake it will count as a spoilt vote.

Results

Under the parish/district system results were announced on the evening of Election Day but due to the volume of votes under the new Island Wide Voting system, counting will not start until Thursday 19 May and results will not be announced until later that day. The count will start at 9am. In 2020, results were announced at about 1.30am.

A recount will be triggered if the last successful and first unsuccessful candidate are within 1% or 50 votes.

Nomination

 

Nomination forms will be available to download a few months before the election and printed versions will be available from the Bailiff’s Chambers at the Royal Court or your Douzaine office.

Each form must be signed by a proposer and seconder whose names must be on the Electoral Roll. They don’t have to be VIPs, they could be your neighbours.

Completed forms must be returned to the Bailiff’s Secretary at the Royal Court between 9am on Monday 12 May 2025 and 4pm on Wednesday 14 May 2025. Candidates will then be announced to the public.

 

Electoral roll

 

To be nominated as a candidate, you, and your proposer and seconder, must be on the electoral roll. If you aren’t on the roll, there is no point adding yourself just yet because a completely new electoral roll will be put together for Election 2025 and this won’t open for registrations until Autumn 2024.

A new roll is created for each election because it becomes out of date very quickly, even if people are asked to update their details. The States tried just rolling over the previous roll in 2012, but it didn’t work, it wasn’t accurate. This could be the last time a completely new roll is needed as there will be auto enrolment at some point in the future using the data held by Social Security.

The public can ask to view the electoral roll so someone can register anonymously if they have a valid reason (an abusive ex-partner, for example).

The two year rule

It doesn’t matter if you were born somewhere other than Guernsey or the UK, anyone can register to vote if they have been living here for the last TWO YEARS, whatever their nationality. Alternatively, you can register to vote if you’ve lived here for five years in total (with breaks in between). You must be aged 16 or over.

In many countries you can only vote if you are a citizen. Hence many people who have come to the island from overseas assume they can’t vote here – but they can once they’ve been resident here continuously for two years (holidays don’t count).

Prisoners can be on the electoral roll and vote in Guernsey.