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Over 300 people cast ballots using mobile voting

While 14 April is coming up quickly, more than 300 people have already had their say in the general election this week as they cast their ballots using the Elections Office mobile voting.

Mobile voting starts this week

Starting Monday, Elections Office staff will be heading out to Cayman's 19 constituencies to kick off mobile voting.

Three vote as postal ballots issued

Three individuals became the first to vote in the 14 April general election through postal ballots issued Monday by the Elections Office.

Elections Office ‘optimistic’ quarantined electors can vote

The Elections Office released a statement Friday saying it will be able to find a way for those in isolation to safely cast their ballots in the 14 April general election.

Travel Cayman issues election canvassing warning

Travel Cayman has warned election canvassers and those isolating at home that they must adhere to local health protocols or they will face prosecution.

Voter registration deadline extended

Potential voters have been given an extra two weeks to register to vote in the May 2021 election.

Revised voters list to be released

The Elections Office will publish its latest revised voters list on Tuesday, 21 Jan.

Uncertainty clouds voter eligibility for upcoming port referendum

The number of registered voters continues its steady increase, but it remains unclear how many people will be eligible to vote in the port referendum that hinges on which electors roll will be used.

Excluded port voters happy with delay

Newly registered voters welcome the court’s delaying of the 19 Dec. referendum on government's $200 million cruise berthing and cargo port project.

Elections Office pushes pause button on referendum preparations

The Elections Office has suspended its preparations for the 19 Dec. referendum following the court's decision to delay the vote on the government's cruise berthing and cargo project.

Howell: Impact of Nat’l Trust legal action ‘uncertain’

Elections Office Supervisor Wesley Howell has said the impact of the National Trust court action on the port referendum is uncertain.

148 postal ballots dispatched

The first batch of postal ballots for the 19 Dec. referendum on government’s proposed $200 million cruise berthing and cargo project have been dispatched.

First batch of postal ballots heads out next week

Cayman is roughly one and a half months away from its first people’s-initiated referendum with staff at the Elections Office expecting to send out the first batch of postal ballots from 5-8 Nov.

First batch of postal ballots heads out next week

Cayman is roughly one and a half months away from its first people-initiated referendum with staff at the Elections Office expecting to send out...

Travelling voters can request referendum ballots

Registered voters who may be travelling around Referendum Day, as well as those living off-island, will be able to have their say. Elections Supervisor Wesley...

207 register for January 2020 voters list

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.

Deadline for January voters list ends

It was the last day for voters to register to be added to the official electors list to be eligible to vote in the cruise berthing referendum if the vote is held in January.

Registered voters list grows to 21,217

Since July, 116 people have been added to Cayman’s voters list, according to the latest numbers from the Elections Office.

Elections Office urges voters to register

If the cruise port referendum is held this year, eligible voters who have not already registered with the Elections Office will not be able to cast a ballot in the historic vote.

Cruise port referendum: Campaigners deliver petition to Cabinet

The Cruise Port Referendum Cayman group delivered its port petition to the government on Wednesday.

Cabinet to begin drafting port referendum bill

Government will seek to hold the referendum on the cruise and cargo port “as quickly as possible”, Premier Alden McLaughlin has said.

UPDATED: Historic first as Cayman heads for port referendum

Campaigners were celebrating a historic first for the Cayman Islands this week after the Elections Office confirmed the target had been reached to trigger a people-initiated referendum on the cruise port project.

Cruise port referendum target reached

Cayman is heading for its first ever people initiated referendum after the Election's Office confirmed it has verified 5,305 signatures from registered voters - taking the petition past the target required to trigger a national vote on the cruise port project.

Signature verification reaches 99%

Verification of signatures in a petition calling for a referendum into the proposed cruise port has reached 99%.

Final push to verify cruise port petition signatures

With fewer than 150 signatures remaining to be verified for the cruise port referendum, the Elections Office indicated Wednesday that it is gearing up for a final effort to verify them all.

Nearly 94% of port petition signatures verified

As of Saturday afternoon, the effort to prompt a referendum into the proposed cruise ship port needed just 332 more verified signatures to move the process forward.

Last 10% of port petition signatures to be verified

The Elections Office has verified 90% of the signatures needed to trigger a referendum on Cayman’s proposed cruise port.

‘High intensity’ campaign to promote cruise port plan

Government is seeking to hire a public relations firm for a new “high intensity’ campaign to promote its plan for a new cruise berthing facility in George Town harbour.

Governor unconcerned over claims of port petition ‘interference’

Governor Martyn Roper said he has “full confidence’ in the Elections Office despite concerns that it is allowing people to “unverify” their signatures for the petition calling for a referendum on the port.

Cruise referendum verification hits three-quarter mark

The Elections Office confirmed Monday that it has verified 74.8% of signatures in a petition calling for a referendum on the proposed cruise port project.

Referendum petition passes 70% mark

Campaigners for a referendum on the cruise port are 70% of the way towards hitting the target to trigger a vote, according to the Elections Office.

Elections Office vets nearly 45% of petition signatures

The Elections Office has verified 44.6% of the required 5,292 signatures on a petition calling for a people-initiated referendum on the proposed cruise port dock in George Town.

Campaigners cruise towards petition target

Less than two dozen of the 1,500-plus voters reviewed by Elections Office staff have declined to verify that they signed the petition calling for a referendum on the port project.

Web ticker follows verification progress for cruise petition

The Elections Office has released a web ticker that tracks progress in verifying petition signatures for the cruise port referendum.

Elections Office verifies nearly 13% of petition names so far

Almost a week after beginning door-to-door checks, Elections Office staff have verified more than 700 signatures on the cruise port referendum petition, 12.9% of the total 5,438 names.

Port referendum petition: Door-to-door verifications begin

The Elections Office on Friday began door-to-door verification of signatures on the cruise port referendum petition, in the districts of North Side and East End.

Government denies interfering in cruise petition verification

Premier Alden McLaughlin has insisted government “has not and will not” interfere with the process to verify the petition calling for a referendum on the cruise port amid criticism from campaigners and opposition politicians.

Campaign group concerned over verification process

Campaigners for a referendum on Cayman’s planned cruise and cargo port project have highlighted concerns about the scope and extent of the verification process for their petition.

‘Historic moment’ as cruise petition handed over

The petition calling for a people’s vote on the controversial cruise berthing project was handed over to the Elections Office Wednesday in what was described as a “historic moment” for the Cayman Islands.

Elections Office: every signature in port petition must be verified

The Elections Office will need to individually verify every single signature on the cruise port referendum petition before a vote can take place.

Candidate: ‘Drop residency requirements’ for voters, politicians

Alric Lindsay has lived in Cayman since he was a child and was adopted by a Caymanian man. His business is here, as is his home, as is pretty much his entire life. However, Mr. Lindsay found himself facing a legal challenge to his ability to run for political office earlier this year.

EDITORIAL – Election Day 2017: A good moment for democracy in Cayman

Looking back at the vigor of the campaign season and its apotheosis on Wednesday, we can all, finally, let ourselves relax a bit – and look forward to the future with calm optimism and anticipation.

Pre-election message: Supervisor of Elections Wesley Howell

The Elections Office is a mostly standalone agency of the Cayman Islands Government, which is committed to promoting democracy through ensuring a fair electoral process.

Voting process should take 3 minutes

From the time a voter stands in front of the poll clerks to the time he or she deposits the ballot and leaves the polling station, no more than three minutes should have elapsed.
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More than 1,000 have already voted

An estimated 5 percent of Cayman’s registered voters have already cast ballots for Wednesday’s general election, although it will not be known how they voted until election night.
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Postal/mobile ballots deadline is Friday

Cayman Islands voters who live overseas or who need the Elections Office to come to them in order to cast their ballots have until the end of the day Friday, May 12, to apply for postal or mobile ballots.

How to cast a ballot if you don’t get your voter ID

Although they are not necessary, voter identification cards for more than 21,000 electors were being distributed by the Cayman Islands Elections Office last week. The law requires the Elections Office to issue ID cards.
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Ballots ready for voters who will be off island

The Elections Office reminds potential voters who are likely to be off island on Election Day – Wednesday, May 24 – that they will be able to cast their votes by mail.
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No deadline set for candidacy challenges

The supervisor of elections has refused to rule out the possibility of further eligibility challenges to candidates scheduled to stand in the May general election.

Voter ID distribution begins Tuesday

The Elections Office will begin issuing new voter registration cards on Tuesday, April 18. Voters can also collect the cards from the Elections Office, 150 Smith Road, or from locations listed below.
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Final number of Cayman voters: 21,226

Cayman’s 2017 general election will set an all-time record for the number of eligible voters, but there are about 240 fewer voters than the Elections Office reported in January.

Three candidates face eligibility challenges

Constitutional challenges were filed on Wednesday and Thursday against three independent candidates by the Cayman Islands Elections Office.

Record-setting Nomination Day: 63 hopefuls compete for 19 seats

A record 63 candidates will contest the Cayman Islands general election on May 24 after a frantic day of nominations across the country generated some surprises.
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Elections Office offers mail, mobile voting

The Elections Office reminds voters that the period during which they may request postal ballots or mobile voting is under way and will continue until close of business Friday, May 12.

Voters challenges, nomination day locations announced

Formal objections to the Cayman Islands voters list are set to occur next week, with six hearings taking place in five days.

ICCI students hold voter registration drive

Thirteen people registered to vote Friday evening during a drive by students of the International College of the Cayman Islands to get new voters signed up.

Voter registration extended

Caymanians who want to participate in the next general election now have until midnight Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 to register to vote. The Elections Office agreed late last week to extend the registration deadline from Dec. 31 in order to ensure everyone who wants to has an opportunity to sign up.

How to register to vote

Registering to vote in the Cayman Islands cannot be done online for the May 24, 2017 general election. Registration must be done in person at either the Elections Office on Smith Road in George Town or with the registering officer in the district where the voter resides.

Casting a ballot under ‘one man, one vote’

It seems a simple concept: Enter the voters booth, mark “X” next to one name on the ballot, and exit. However, Elections Office managers have received numerous questions at public meetings in recent weeks about the territory’s new “one man, one vote” system.

Election information campaign launched

The Elections Office is launching an information campaign to help the public better understand changes to the voting system. Changes to the Elections Law this year implemented the principle of single-member constituencies, meaning voters in the larger multi-member districts will no longer be able to elect more than one representative to the LA.

Cayman’s voter rolls top 19,500

The Elections Office says it has signed up 1,052 new voters as canvassers go door to door to make sure every eligible voter is registered for the May 2017 general election. The total number of voters in the Cayman Islands is now 19,515, according to the Elections Office.

Government drops effort to cement political parties in Elections Bill

Facing pressure from one of its ministers, as well as from opposition politicians, the Progressives-led government on Friday appeared ready to abandon efforts to legally force the registration of groups believed to be operating as political parties before the May 2017 general election.

Cayman government struggling to keep track of FOI requests

Although the tracking of open records requests made to the Cayman Islands government has improved in the last two years, there are still a number of high-profile authorities that are not able to keep track of those requests as required by law.

Voting rights challenge filed with Human Rights Commission

Allegations of voter disenfranchisement, potentially affecting hundreds of Caymanians who reside overseas, have been made to the local Human Rights Commission in a complaint filed on Sept. 23. The case involves a Cayman Islands voter who went to court on Sept. 12 to challenge a decision by the Elections Office in 2012.

Court case a reminder that voter registration a ‘constant process’

Caymanians who register to vote in the territory may not be allowed to maintain that voting status, depending on their place of residence, according to a recent ruling from the electoral revising officer.

New registering officer for West Bay

Bethany Powery-Ebanks has been appointed the new registering officer for West Bay by the Elections Office.

Election registration count begins this month

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

Election and information campaign to cost more than $1 million

The Elections Office expects to spend more than $1 million on a national voter information and registration campaign ahead of the 2017 general election.

New court administrator appointed

Senior Crown Counsel Suzanne Bothwell will take over as the court administrator, in charge of management and administration of court operations, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson announced this week.

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