Voters urged to register to have their say

RESIDENTS not yet registered at their current address are being urged to register in time to have their say in May’s elections.

On Thursday, May 6, residents in Rother will have their say on who represents them at elections for East Sussex County Council and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.  Residents in Bexhill-on-Sea will also be able to vote in the first elections for the newly formed council.

In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be registered on the electoral register by midnight on Monday, April 19.

Malcolm Johnston, Electoral Registration Officer for Rother District Council, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections. They are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Rother. If you’re not registered by April 19, you won’t be able to vote.”

Registration is simple and can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy and takes just five minutes online.

“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with Rother District Council by calling 01424 787000.”

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on May 6.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on April 20, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on April 27.

For information on elections, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.

Published: 9th March 2021