POND ISLAND–A significant number of voters took time out to head to the polling substations to collect their voting cards more than a week ago.
A total of 6,301 voting cards were picked up at the substations, according to Central Voting Bureau Chairman Jason Rogers. The remaining 16,258 voting cards were given to Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) this past week for home deliveries.
The voting cards that could not be delivered by postal workers due to incorrect addresses or houses no longer standing after Hurricane Irma will be returned to the Civil Registry Department on Monday. Those cards will be available for pick-up at the Department on Pond Island throughout next week.
Of the some 60,000 residents on the Dutch side, only 22,559 have the right to vote in the upcoming election. Those with the right to vote are age 18 or older, have Dutch nationality and were duly registered as a resident of St. Maarten before the Voters Register closed in early December.
Two years ago, of the 22,302 eligible voters, 14,596 used their democratic right to vote for their preferred candidate for Parliament. That number represented 65 per cent of the voting population of 2016.
Voters can also collect their voting cards at the Civil Registry Department or at their designated polling station on Election Day, February 26. For inquiries about voting cards, call the Civil Registry, tel. 542-0652, 542-6085 or 542-9344.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/73756-6-301-voting-cards-collected-in-districts