Removal from registry possible
Election officials are urging registered voters in the Cayman Islands to check lists and corrections to outdated information.
It is especially important for someone who has moved, even within the same district, because address determines where a person votes.
The Elections Law requires voters to give notice of address change within three months. “Failure to comply with this aspect of the law may result in the elector being removed from the register of electors,” Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez said.
Each district registering officer is responsible for keeping the Register of Electors (voters list) accurate. He or she can be charged with an offence for having someone on the list who is not resident, Deputy Supervisor Colford Scott said. Conviction for such an offence carries a possible sentence of three months imprisonment and a $500 fine.
In addition to registering officers’ obligations, registered voters in the district may object if they know someone has moved.
“Some people want to vote in the district they came from,” Mr. Gomez said. However, the law requires voters to vote in the district in which they reside, he added.
It is also important that people are registered by their correct names. This requirement includes women who change their names through marriage and anyone who changes names through deed poll. The third category of information is occupation.
The Register of Electors is available for inspection on the Elections Office website, www.electionsoffice.ky. Paper copies are at post offices and public libraries. Registered voters can check their names and information.
If any item needs amendment, Form 13 can be downloaded from the website and filled out. The form is also available from the Elections Office at the Smith Road Centre and district registering officers. Once completed, it should be delivered to the Elections Office or to the district registering officer. In the case of someone who has moved from one district to another, both registering officers should receive a copy of Form 13.
When the new voters list comes out on 22 January, it will be in the public domain for three weeks, Mr. Scott said. Anyone can submit a Form 7 to have information corrected. Any voter in the district can submit Form 9, a notice of objection to someone on the list.
A magistrate will hear claims and objections in each district, after which the list will be finalised.
The Elections Office will be issuing voter identification cards again. A Voter ID is not required to vote, but makes the process run more smoothly if a voter would be challenged at the polls.
Previously issued cards expire 31 December; new cards will not have an expiration date, Mr. Scott said. Voters who have photos on file may phone their request for a new ID card, but if they wish to have a new photo taken they should come to the office.
The issuing of Voter IDs had been suspended while there was a question about whether electoral boundaries would change. Legislators voted on 21 November to accept a recommendation of the Electoral Boundary Commission as to increasing the number of legislators, but the physical boundaries of the six electoral districts remain as they were.
Voter registration also continues at the Elections Office, normal business days, until 2 January, when hours will be extended until midnight.
DISTRICT REGISTERING OFFICERS
Darlene Owens Elliott
Leisa Velonie Welcome
Cayman Brac and Little Cayman