Cayman Brac teenager Cassandra MacDowell was among the potential voters who made use of the Elections Office extended hours to beat the 1 Oct. deadline to register to be able to vote from January 2020.
MacDowell applied Tuesday night to be added to the next official voters’ list, which will be released on 1 Jan. 2020. That list will be valid until March.
Elections Office manager Gina Whittaker said that since July this year, 207 people had registered to vote, including those who signed up on deadline day at the Elections Office headquarters at Smith Road Centre.
“I heard about the deadline and I wanted to make sure I got in before for it, just so I could do it this year and get in,” she told the Cayman Compass Tuesday night after she submitted her documents.
While she said the looming referendum on government’s $200 million cruise port project did not influence her decision to register, MacDowell said she felt it was important to vote.
“I just turned 18 this year and I am from the Brac so I want to be able to represent the Brac community in the upcoming elections and other things like that,” MacDowell said.
Martha Ebanks said, in her case, she wanted to make sure she could get to vote in the historic people-initiated referendum.
“I just think it is our duty as citizens of the Cayman Islands to vote,” she said. “It is up to us to choose who be our government, to make the rules for Caymanians. It’s our duty. I knew it was the deadline; that is why I rushed today.”
Whittaker said while the deadline for the January list has ended, registrations will continue daily at the Elections Office. Those names will be kept for the March update of the electors list.
A total of 21,217 people currently can vote in the Cayman Islands, based on the official electors list that was released on 1 Oct. Voters on that list are the only ones who will be able to cast their ballots in the cruise port referendum if it is called by the end of this year.