Advanced Polls

[Updated] Advanced Polls 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.

All voters who wish to vote in advanced need to have a Certificate to participate. The procedure to obtain a certificate is:

  • 1] Incapacitated voters should see the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Cann [Continental Building, 25 Church Street, Hamilton] or by calling 278-4921.
  • 2] Institutions that have five beds or more are eligible for advanced polls institutions and should be registered with the Parliamentary Registry prior to the election.
  • 3] Travellers should bring their travel documents and passport to the Parliamentary Registry
  • 4] Poll workers should contact the Parliamentary Registry for instructions to receive a certificate to vote in advance.

Certificates for advanced polls will be available from the Parliamentary Registry from Monday, December 3rd, to Wednesday, December 12th 2012 at 8pm.

The Parliamentary Registry is located at the Valerie T. Scott Building, 60 Reid Street in Hamilton, and can be contacted via 293-8683, pro@gov.bm or online.

Update Dec 5: Parliamentary Registrar Randy Scott today advised voters of Advance Polling procedures for travelers and incapacitated voters.

Mr. Scott said there is a change for Advance Polling this year as there will be two days for advanced polls for travelers whereas for the 2007 election there was only one day.

Advanced Polls for travelers will be held at the 7th Day Adventist Church Hall, King Street, Hamilton on Tuesday, 11th December and Wednesday, 12th December.

Voters will need to bring Advanced Poll Certificates to vote as well as valid photo identification showing their name and date of birth.

Advanced Poll Certificates can be applied for at the Parliamentary Registrar’s Office at the Valerie T. Scott Building, at 60 Reid Street, Hamilton from Wednesday, December 5th until Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.and extended to 8:00 pm on both the 11th & 12th.

Proof of intended absence from the island may be in the form of an airline ticket or a letter from a local travel agent certifying the voters’ travel plans have been confirmed. For e-tickets a purchase confirmation will be acceptable.

Advanced polling for incapacitated voters will be on Wednesday, December 12th only. The Chief Medical Officer will examine and issue cards to incapacitated voters at the Hamilton Health Centre, Victoria Street, Hamilton from Wednesday, December 5th through to Monday, December 10th, 2012 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. The cards will allow incapacitated voters who are unable to travel to the polls on polling day to participate in the advanced polls.

Advanced polling for institutions will take place on Thursday, December 13th beginning at 10 a.m. until complete. A Returning Officer, Presiding Officer and Election Agents will visit rest homes, nursing homes and hospitals to allow patients and residents who are eligible and capable of voting to cast their ballots.

Mr. Scott also advised that employers are required by law to allow employees sufficient time off to vote including for advanced polls.

For more information contact the Parliamentary Registry Office at 297 -7738 or 293-8683 or visit www.elections.gov.bm for more information.