2020 Guernsey general election

General elections were scheduled to be held in Guernsey in June 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the election was postponed by a year until 16 June 2021,[1] however in July 2020 the election was brought forward to 7 October 2020.[2] All registered voters will be able to vote at Beau Sejour, and at both Beau Sejour and in the parish in which they are registered.[3]

TimetableEdit

  • 21 August Electoral Roll closes
  • 1 September Nomination period opens
  • 4 September Nomination period closes
  • 25 September deadline for postal vote applications
  • 3 October Main Polling Stations open
  • 6 October Parish Polling Stations open
  • 7 October Polling Day
  • 8 October Vote Count[2]

Electoral systemEdit

The electoral system was changed as a result of a 2018 referendum. The 38 members of the States will be elected from a single island-wide constituency by plurality-at-large voting, with voters being able to cast up to 38 votes.[4]

Prior to the elections, the age for candidates to stand was reduced from 20 to 18. The voting age is 16.[5] Campaign spending per candidate was also reduced from £9,000 to £6,000.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-guernsey-52293546
  2. ^ a b Carpenter, Aaron (2 July 2020). "Election confirmed!". Bailiwick Express.
  3. ^ Frequency asked questions Election 2020
  4. ^ a b Guernsey 2020 election candidate spending capped at £6,000 BBC News, 12 December 2019
  5. ^ Guernsey 2020 island-wide election date set BBC News, 25 April 2019