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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.

Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.

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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: data.ipu.org) 

Are you from South Africa? Please email hello@womeninpubliclife.gg if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 

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Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: data.ipu.org) 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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