Local elections taking place in May

Wealden residents will take to the polls on 6th May in local elections.

Residents are being asked for vote for

  • A Police and Crime Commissioner for the Sussex Police Area
  • County Councillors for East Sussex County Council
  • In addition, a number of by-elections and Neighbourhood Planning Referendums will be held in local areas:
    • Hailsham South District Ward
    • Heathfield North District Ward
    • Heathfield South District Ward

The council are taking precautions for COVID-19 and are ensuring all voters are safe, full details can be found here and on 5 February the Cabinet Office published a May 2021 polls delivery plan

Different ways to cast your vote

To vote in the elections – either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy – you must first be registered to vote, which can be done online in just 5 minutes. Register to Vote

To then apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form. Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it to the Electoral Services Team at Wealden District Council Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX or email elections@wealden.gov.uk

If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.

Proxy Votes 

If you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.

To apply for a proxy vote, complete the form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can’t get to your polling station in person.

For more information visit Wealden District Council’s election page by clicking here