Act now and secure your vote, residents urged

Residents are being urged to take action now to ensure they can cast their vote in May’s local elections.

For the first time, voters will have to provide photo ID at the polling station on May 4 following a change in Government rules.

Information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, can be found by visiting or calling 0800 328 0280. Those without an accepted form of photo ID can apply for a free voter ID document at

Malcolm Johnston, Electoral Registration Officer at Rother District Council, said: “In previous elections residents have not needed to provide photo ID.  We want to make sure everyone is aware of the change in rules and arrives at the polling station on May 4 with everything they need to cast their vote.

“With the challenges local authorities continue to face, it is more important than ever that everyone has the ability to exercise their democratic right and elect the person they want to represent them.

“I would urge everyone to check that they have the necessary photo ID ahead of election day. Our officers are on hand to assist, and you can email if you need help applying for a Voter Authority Certificate.”

Any residents who have yet to register to vote in Rother, have until Monday, April 17 to do so in order to take part in the local elections.

Details of how to register can be found at  Anyone unsure about their registration status, can contact our electoral services team by emailing

Anyone wanting to vote but unable to get to a polling station, can vote by post or apply for a proxy vote which allows someone to cast a vote on your behalf at the polling station.

Applications for postal votes need to reach us by 5pm on April 18 and applications to vote by proxy by 5pm on April 25.  The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is also 5pm on April 25.

More information on the elections can be found at


Published: 13th March 2023

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