Make sure to register so you can vote in local elections

Uckfield Town and Wealden District Council elections take place next year and if you would like to have your say in choosing councillors you must register to vote.

Wealden Council will be sending out forms to every household in the district and you will be asked to confirm, and, if necessary, update, the information that appears on the electoral register for your address.

The elections take place in May and boundary changes within Wealden mean voters will elect 45 district councillors instead of 55.

Fifteen town councillors will be elected too.

Deputy returning officer for Wealden, Trevor Scott, said that helping keep the electoral register up to date would also ensure you get a vote if a general election, or national referendum is called by Parliament in the meantime.

He said the easiest and cheapest way to respond to the council’s postal request was to go online and use the details given in your letter. “You can help us by responding promptly.”

Mr Scott said that if you don’t respond, a home visit from the council’s electoral canvass team would take place at an additional expense to the tax payer.

He added: “We have a duty to make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address. It means everyone who is eligible is given a chance to vote.

“If you’re not currently registered to vote, your name will not appear on the form.”

There are two steps required to register to vote:

Step 1 – The website will be available from Friday. Visit it to tell the council who lives at the property.

Step 2 – Visit  and register to vote.

The council says you are still required to respond to the form and it particularly urges people who have recently moved home to make sure they register as research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates recent home movers are less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time.

If you have any questions you are asked to contact Wealden’s electoral registration team at, or call 01892 602417.

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