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Voter Registration Deadline Reminder

Local News 13 Dec, 2019 Follow News

Voter Registration Deadline Reminder

The Elections Office reminds the public that the deadline to register to vote is Thursday, 2 January 2020. Those who register by this date will be included in the register of electors and be able to vote from 1 April 2020 onwards.

To register to vote, the following requirements must be met:

• Must be a Caymanian

• Must be aged 18 years or older

• Must be a resident in the Cayman Islands

• Must have resided in the Cayman Islands for no less than a total of 24 months in the last four years

Those wishing to register to vote are reminded of the following registration process:

• Complete an application form (Form 4) available from the Elections Office website or from their offices

• Submit the following required original documents along with your application to the Registering Officer for your district or to the Elections Office.

• Original documents required from Caymanian Status Holders:

     * Birth certificate

     * Caymanian Status Certificate or letter

     * Photo ID (either passport or driver’s license)

• Original documents required from those who are Caymanian born and have Caymanian parent/s or grandparents:

     * Birth certificate of applicant, if born on the Islands

     * Birth certificate of one of his/her parents or grandparents that were born on the Islands

     * Photo ID (either passport or driver’s license)

Persons who have recently concluded prison sentences of more than 12 months are reminded that they need to re-register to vote using the same process described above.

Individuals who are unsure if they are currently registered are able to check their details on the Elections Office website.

The registration deadline is also an opportunity for existing voters to do their part in maintaining the accuracy of the list of electors.

Existing voters who have recently moved residence or changed names or occupation and have not informed the Elections Office are strongly encouraged to do so by completing a form available on the Election Office website and submitting it to either the Registering Officer for your district or to the Elections Office. Notifying the Elections Office of any changes in your voter registration details is a legal requirement.

Friends or family of any registered voter who has passed away over the last six months are asked to advise the Elections Office, particularly if the individual passed away overseas, in order to have their name removed from the list.

Similarly, family members who believe their relatives are no longer medically or mentally able to vote should submit a note from a medical doctor confirming this to be true to the Elections Office.

Individuals may also wish to object to a voter being included in the list on grounds that they have been living outside the Cayman Islands for more than two years for reasons other than medical, education, work for the government or work on an aircraft or ship.

Commenting on the importance of registering to vote, Supervisor of Elections, Wesley Howell said: “It is crucial that persons who meet the voter registration requirements should register at the soonest opportunity. Voting is a valuable right that you can only exercise if you are registered’.

For more information please visit www.elections.ky.


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