Crowborough Town and Wealden District Council elections will be held next year and if you would like to have your say in choosing your councillor you must register to vote.
As part of their duty to make sure the Electoral Register is up to date, the electoral registration team will be sending out forms to every household in the district. You will be asked to confirm, and if necessary, update the information that appears on the register for your address.
Next May’s election will be for a new Wealden District Council. It will be the first to take place under the new ward boundary changes which means voters will be electing 45 new councillors instead of 55.
In addition, councillors on Crowborough Town Council will also be elected. In 2015, insufficient candidates stood in each ward for a contested election to be needed and 12 candidates were elected without a vote.
Trevor Scott, Deputy Returning Officer for Wealden District said:
Helping us keep the electoral register up to date will also ensure you get a vote if a general election or national referendum is called by Parliament in the meantime.
The easiest and cheapest way to respond to our postal request is to go online and use the details given in your letter. You can help us by responding promptly.
If you do not respond, we have to arrange for a home visit from our electoral canvass team, at an additional expense to the tax payer. 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 – Visit www.householdresponse.com/wealden to tell the council who lives at the property (the website will be available from Friday), and:
Step 2 – Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and register to vote.
You are still required to respond to the form. Wealden District Council have produced a short video explaining the process:
The number of households in Wealden District is growing so if you are new to the District or have just moved house, it is important you do not lose your right to vote. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.
If you have any questions, please contact Wealden’s electoral registration team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01892 602417.