Planning underway for next year’s County and Borough elections

Elections for East Sussex County Council are set to take place on May 6th next year alongside elections to Hastings Borough Council that were delayed from May this year.

While those elections might still be more than four month away councils are already making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote.

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council (ESCC) says: ‘There are a number of ways to have your say in the election in May – you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

“The elections next year are important – they’re an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life.”

ESCC says voters can expect many of the measures they’ve become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face masks. But you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said: “The choice on how to vote at next May’s elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.

“If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

“You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Any resident who has further questions can also contact their local elections team as follows: electoralservices@hastings.gov.uk or 01424 451087

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