Election registration count begins this month

Deputy Elections Supervisor Sheena Glasgow speaks with the people who will begin counting and registering voters.

From Aug. 27, election workers will begin knocking on doors across the Cayman Islands to register new voters and verify existing registrations.

More than 160 people will be going door-to-door to every building in Cayman to make sure eligible voters are registered and that their information with the Elections Office is accurate ahead of the new one-man, one-vote system for next year’s election.

Deputy Elections Supervisor Sheena Glasgow said in a press release, “Where an elector votes is determined by residence. In the past, the onus has been on the electors to come forward and update their name, occupation and address, if there were changes, for inclusion in the final register.

“But with the law changes, our purpose with door-to-door canvassing is two-fold: to confirm where the electors are living now and will be prior to the elections, as well as to help register new electors who wish to vote next year.”

Ms. Glasgow said the enumerators come from the public and private sectors, including experienced officers from the Economics and Statistics Office. She said everyone working on the count will take an oath of secrecy, “so all voters can be reassured that the personal information they provide will be handled in the strictest confidence.”

Ms. Glasgow said the workers for Grand Cayman attended a four-day training course. The Elections Office will host another training session on the Brac on Sept. 3.

The canvassing will run through the end of September and, if necessary, resume in November.