Voter Eligibility/FAQ

Do I have to be registered to vote?

  • All voters must be registered in the constituency in which they live in order to vote. Registration takes place throughout the year. If you move to another constituency or change your name, you must register that change with the Parliamentary Registrar within 28 days of the change.

Why does a voter have to register?

  • Voters must be registered so that a list of voters can be prepared in advance of an election to determine numbers of voters, and also to ensure that everyone who comes to vote is eligible.

Who can register to vote?

  • Persons can register to vote if they are Bermudian and 18 years of age or older, or non-Bermudian Commonwealth citizens who were registered to vote on 1st May 1976. Persons who are not ordinarily resident in Bermuda if they reside outside of Bermuda for more than 6 months

How can I tell if I am registered?

  • Registration lists are always on display at all post offices, police stations, the library, the office of the Parliamentary Registrar and online at www.elections.gov.bm.

Can I vote if I will be off the island or in hospital on polling day?

  • Persons who expect to be off the island or in hospital on polling day, may vote at an advanced poll approximately one week before. Certificates of intended absence or incapacity are required.

Do I need identification in order to vote?

  • Yes. Every voter must show Identification to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are a commonwealth passport, a Bermuda driver’s license, a Special Persons Card, Voters Identification Card or an employee identification card with a photo, signature and date of birth.

How long are the polling stations open?

  • The polling stations open at 8.00 a.m. and close at 8.00 p.m.

Are votes counted before the polls close?

  • No votes are counted until after the polls close.

How are the votes counted?

  • The officers in charge of the election appointed to do so count the votes in each constituency at the close of the polls.

Update Nov 9: Advanced Polls:

  • Advanced Polls for the 2012 General Election will take place at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on King Street from 8am – 8pm on December 11th and 12th 2012. Advanced Polls are held for incapacitated voters, institutions, travellers and poll workers, and all voters who wish to vote in advance need to apply in advance to have a certificate. must More information here.

Update Nov 9: Dates to recall

  • 7 Day registration period: 10th – 16th November 2012
  • Nomination day: 29th November 2012
  • Advanced Polls: 11th & 12th December 2012
  • Advanced Polls for Institutions: 13th December 2012
  • Election Day: 17th December 2012

- Courtesy of the Parliamentary Registrar