Jersey

Thousands vote early in Jersey elections

More than 3,000 people have already cast their vote in the 2011 Jersey elections.

A pre-poll voting system was introduced for the first time on 19 September, giving people the chance to vote early at a central location.

A total of 2,516 people cast their vote at the station in St Helier, with 517 islanders voting by post.

The station was set up to try to improve voter turnout which is usually very low in Jersey.

There are 61,987 people registered to vote in the election on Wednesday, up 12% on 2008.

Pre-poll voting closed on Monday at 14:00 BST.

The Privileges and Procedures Committee chairman, Constable Juliette Gallichan, said: "We have had no complaints from people using the facility and I am very grateful to the Judicial Greffe staff who ran the pre-poll voting office so successfully.

"I would ask islanders to continue to make this year's election a success by turning out to vote at their polling station tomorrow (Wednesday)."

Polling stations will be open across the Island on Wednesday from 08:00 to 20:00 BST.

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