Last week the Elections Office published the Revised Register of Electors, revealing that 23,647 people were eligible to vote in the upcoming 26th May election. The list is subject to objections or claims raised during the revision period, however if none are forthcoming, this will be the definitive list used in the next General Election.
The voting populace has increased by 2,421 new electorates, or 11.4 per cent more than the total number of voters at the last April 2017 General Election, with 1,406 new voters added to the 1 January 2021 Official list of Electors.
The district which saw the highest increase in new voters was Newlands, with an increase of 18.4 per cent in new voters when compared to April 2017, while Cayman Brac East actually saw a decrease in voter numbers, by 1.2 per cent. Other districts which saw hefty increases in its voter numbers over the last General election were North Side, with a 16.8 per cent increase, West Bay North (16.6 per cent increase), George Town East (15.3 per cent increase), West Bay South (14.8 per cent increase and Prospect (14.6 per cent increase). Districts with the lowest increase after Cayman Brac East were Cayman Brac West and Little Cayman, with just a 1.6 per cent increase, West Bay West with just a 3.8 per cent increase and George Town West with a 5.3 per cent increase. All other districts had an almost or above 10 per cent increase in their voters.
The Supervisor of Elections, Wesley Howell was pleased with the efforts made by the district Registering Officers and the Elections Office team who, he said, worked hard to process all application forms and change of details forms that were received.
“The Registering Officers and Elections Office team were fantastic as they delivered an efficient and professional service, answering countless telephone calls and assisting hundreds of persons with the important step of registering to vote. Especially on the last day for voter registration (20 January) when a total of 506 new voter application forms and 256 change of details forms were received, 392 of which were delivered in person. I am very thankful to work with these outstanding public servants,” Mr Howell said.
The next deadline to register to vote is 1 April 2021. Those who register on or before this date will be added to the Register of Electors that becomes official on 1 July 2021. These persons registering after midnight on 20 January 2021 will not be able to vote in the May 2021 General Election. Information on how to register to vote is available at elections.ky.