High levels of voter abstention can only be addressed with political engagement. Likewise with voter registration.
This week saw a well intentioned but rather anemic government sponsored voter registration campaign out in King Street. The result was pathetic.
The voter registration team in St Helier No.1 supporting Nick Le Cornu has been targeting specific areas of low registration. Increased registration has been achieved the hard way; by knocking on the doors of the unregistered and winning the argument for voting. Only this direct action is capable of reversing political disengagement.
People want something positive to believe in; their politicians have let them down and they have now lost faith. Regaining that confidence means convincing potential voters that there is a candidate worthy of their trust. – a politician that candidly states they will represent the social and economic interest of working people in the States. That candidate they now realise in NICK LE CORNU.
Below is the latest mobilizing leaflet in the campaign for voter registration. Once identified as an unregistered address, the occupiers are contacted directly. If personal contact is not possible the following warning letter is left for their attention, together with a voter registration form and leaflet explaining why and where to vote.
That campaign is now top priority for the team and will continue up to Noon on Monday 5th September, the cut off date for registration.
Atenção! Uwaga! Atenţi! Внимание!
YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE IS ABOUT TO BE LOST.
This address is currently unregistered for electoral purposes. Your right to vote in the 19th October General Election will be lost unless you complete a VOTER REGISTRATION FORM and return it to the Town Hall by 5th September.
There is no obligation to vote.
However, Article 7, Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002 imposes a duty on a person entitled to have his or her name included on the electoral register, to apply for registration.
You are entitled to be registered, regardless of Nationality or Citizenship if:
1. you are at least 16 years of age; AND
2. ordinarily resident at your current address; AND
3. EITHER (a) ordinarily resident in Jersey for a period of 2 years OR (b) ordinarily resident in Jersey for a period of at least six months, as well as having been ordinarily resident in Jersey at any time for an additional period (s), that total, at least 5 years.
COMPLETE THE ATTACHED VOTER REGISTRATION FORM OR DOWLOAD IT AT www.vote.je
Issued by NICK LE CORNU - CANDIDATE FOR DEPUTY – St Helier District No.1. Election 19th October 2011. Vote at the TOWN HALL or PRE-POLL at St Pauls Gate, New Street (19th September – 17th October).
CONTACT: Home address: 23 Havre des Pas, Flat 4, St Helier; Blogsite: district1sthelier.blogspot.com