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Referendum on Guernsey's Voting System

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States' Assembly & Constitution Committee - P.2017/49

pdf icon Amendment 1 - Referendum on Guernsey's Voting System - Dep C Green & Dep R Graham [246kb]
pdf icon Amendment 2 - Referendum on Guernsey's Voting System - Dep P Ferbrache & Dep J Kuttelwascher [330kb]
pdf icon Amendment 3 - Referendum on Guernsey's Voting System - Dep D Tindall & Dep C Meerveld [230kb]
pdf icon Amendment 4 - Referendum on Guernsey's Voting System - Dep C Green & Dep R Graham [247kb]
pdf icon Amendment 5 - Referendum on Guernsey's Voting System - Dep R Tooley & Dep E Yerby [228kb]
pdf icon Amendment 6 - Referendum on Guernsey's Voting System - Dep E Yerby & Dep J Merrett [322kb]
pdf icon Amendment 7 - Referendum on Guernsey's Voting System - Dep A Brouard & Deputy M Lowe [230kb]
pdf icon Amendment 8 - Referendum on Guernsey's Voting System - Dep M J Fallaize & Dep P Roffey [242kb]

Please click on the following link to watch a video about how Alternative Voting works on YouTube

The States are asked to decide whether, after consideration of the attached policy letter, they are of opinion:-

1.         To agree to proceed with the holding of a referendum on the method of electing People's Deputies to the States of Deliberation;

2.         To agree that the question to be put to the electorate in the referendum shall be along the following lines:          

                      Which of the following options should be used to elect Deputies?

            Option A
•          1 island-wide electoral district
•          Each voter would have 38 votes at each election
•          Each Deputy would serve for 4 years
•          An election would be held every 4 years for all Deputies at once

           Option B
•          7 electoral districts
•          Each voter would have 5 or 6 votes at each election
•          Each Deputy would serve for 4 years
•          An election would be held every 4 years for all Deputies at once

            Option C
•          2 electoral districts
•          Each voter would have 9 or 10 votes at each election
•          Each Deputy would serve for 4 years
•          An election would be held every 2 years for half of Deputies each time

           Option D
•          4 electoral districts
•          Each voter would have between 9 and 11 votes at each election
•          Each Deputy would serve for 4 years
•          An election would be held every 4 years for all Deputies at once

           Option E
•          1 island-wide electoral district
•          Each voter would have 12 or 13 votes at each election
•          Each Deputy would serve for 6 years
•          An election would be held every 2 years for a third of Deputies each time

            And

            To agree that preferential and transferable voting (known as the Alternative Vote or Instant Run-Off) shall be used to determine which of options A to E was the most favoured.   

OR, only if Proposition 2 shall have been defeated,

3.         To agree that the question to be put to the electorate in the referendum shall be along the following lines:

Should Deputies be elected using the following voting system?       

•          1 island-wide electoral district
•          Each voter would have 38 votes at each election
•          Each Deputy would serve for 4 years
•          An election would be held every 4 years for all Deputies at once

4.         To agree to introduce the electoral system which is the most favoured in the referendum, provided that the number of persons voting in the referendum has exceeded a certain percentage of those persons inscribed on the Electoral Roll who are eligible to vote on the day of the referendum;

5.         To agree that the certain percentage referred to in the preceding Proposition shall be 40%;

6.         To agree that, in the event that turnout at the referendum is less than 40% of those persons inscribed on the Electoral Roll who are eligible to vote on the day of the referendum, the States' Assembly & Constitution Committee should within three months of the date of the referendum submit a policy letter to the States setting out any recommendations for reform to the electoral system which it considers necessary, having first taken into account how far short of 40% the turnout was, the number of votes cast for each outcome and (if the referendum was a multi-choice one) the share of the vote obtained by each of the five options A to E, and, in particular, the margin between the option which placed first and the other options; 

7.         To agree that campaign groups should be permitted along the lines set out in paragraphs 13.1 to 13.9 inclusive; 

8.         To direct the Policy & Resources Committee to use its delegated authority to transfer funding of a maximum of £31,000 from the Budget Reserve to the 2017 revenue expenditure budget for the Royal Court to fund the 2017 costs associated with holding a referendum on the method of electing People's Deputies;

9.         To direct the Policy & Resources Committee to recommend a 2018 Cash Limit for the Royal Court that includes a specific additional allowance of a maximum of £128,000, including a contingency sum of £5,000, to fund the 2018 costs associated with holding a referendum on the method of electing People's Deputies;

10.       To direct the preparation of such legislation, based on the provisions of the attached policy letter, as shall be necessary to hold the referendum - such legislation to include, inter alia: all the provisions necessary to enable the referendum to be held, the question to be asked, arrangements for voting, provisions in respect of promotional expenditure, relevant offences including double voting, and the date on which the referendum shall be held.

The above Propositions have been submitted to Her Majesty's Procureur for advice on any legal or constitutional implications. 

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