Jersey

Jersey politicians vote to study electronic voting

Voters in Jersey could use computer touch-screens to vote in the future following changes made in the States.

The new measures are designed to make it easier for people to vote in public elections.

Politicians approved studies to decide whether electronic voting at polling stations was something the island needed.

The measure is one of several changes being brought into the Public Elections Law.

Among them are new rules concerning recounts and giving candidates advanced warning of provisional results ahead of the public announcement.

Teenagers who turn 16 on Election Day will be allowed to register in advance, and pre-poll voting stations will appear in locations outside town.

Currently the only pre-poll voting station has been in St Helier.

One slight change to the original plans from the Privileges and Procedures Committee is candidates' photos allowed in Polling Stations.

The committee had wanted those in each polling booth, but the States felt that was not practical.

Politicians also voted to introduce the ability to register to vote online, something not currently available.

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