Elections Office working on postal ballots

| 18/11/2019 | 22 Comments
Cayman News Service
Elections Supervisor Wesley Howell and an elections staff member with postal ballots

(CNS): The Elections Office is now receiving postal ballot applications for voters who will not be on island when Cayman goes to the polls next month for the cruise port referendum. Registered voters who will travelling on Referendum Day, 19 December, can apply for a postal ballot delivered locally or overseas. The deadline for the application is Friday, 7 December, less than three weeks away.

The first batch of 146 international and locally delivered postal ballots were sent out at the beginning of this month and the office is working hard to keep dispatching what is expected to be a significant number of postal votes.

Campaigners have been worried that by setting the referendum just six days before Christmas, many people will miss the historic event, which was triggered after a nearly year-long campaign by local activists, who managed to get well over 5,300 signatures on a petition calling for the decision on the cruise port to be made by the people rather than Cabinet.

The Elections Office is also offering mobile voting for those who will be working on Referendum Day or cannot vote in person because of illness or disability.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why are non resident Caymanians still on the register? If a Caymanian hasn’t been resident over 5 years they should be removed from the ballot. If a Caymanian has been non resident for 5 years and has a child overseas the child isn’t non resident. Seems to me it should follow they shouldn’t have voting rights either.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think that should be ‘if’ Cayman goes to the polls next month. I’m sure I read that there are a couple of legal challenges in the pipeline…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t the Post Office have a Express Mail Service that would be almost free to the government, why are we wasting our taxes paying for over priced DHL services.

    • Anonymous says:

      no

    • Anonymous says:

      Post on island let alone internationally takes weeks, sometimes months, or disappears into thin air. DHL deliver in days and you can track your package. Important stuff needs to go by courier. Not aware of an express service. It seems such an oxymoron Don’t think our post office would understand the concept.

      • Anonymous says:

        Are you anti Caymanian? Should you be allowed to vote?

      • Anonymous says:

        I believe the express service is far cheaper and can be tracked .. not sure if you can use it within Cayman or only internationally. I’ve used it to the UK with great results.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Is the elections office being instructed to send these postal ballots to incorrect addresses? Quite a few people I know have not received theirs due to errors in the address given to DHL.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Don’t see how the ballots can make the round trip off island by voting day. My Christmas cards usually take six months.

  6. Kurt Christian says:

    Vote No

  7. Anonymous says:

    What is so hard about making it to the Polls to vote? Are we charging postage to send out these unnecessary ballots?

    • Anon says:

      7.17pm Try reading the first sentence of the article.

    • Anonymous says:

      ‘Unnecessary’?? It’s my democratic right to vote & I had already purchased my flights prior to the date being set. I have received my postal vote & will be using it to vote NO

      • Anonymous says:

        Voting must be done in person. End of story.

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m sure the government would love if that were true

        • Anonymous says:

          You have got to be kidding!!! Postal votes have always been acceptable here & in other civilised places.
          Just because Alden decided to set a date when I & lots of people will be away does not mean I should not be able to participate in the dock decision.

        • Anonymous says:

          Then base them results on who votes. Do not include the ones that don’t vote which make an automatic yes.

        • Anon says:

          Then they shouldn’t be counting registered voters who don’t vote as a Yes

        • BeaumontZodecloun says:

          If that were true, then those wishing to vote ‘yes’ should also have to vote in person, rather than just staying home.

          As you can clearly see, the game is rigged.

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