Voters urged to register in time to have their say in May

People in Eastbourne will go to the polls on May 6 in elections for East Sussex County Council and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.

There will also be a Hampden Park by-election for Eastbourne Borough Council.

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 with measures in place such as social distancing, hand sanitiser, one-way systems and face masks.

In order to vote, residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday, April 19, and it takes just five minutes to apply online at 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 – it takes just five minutes online at www.gov.uk/registertovote. 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 your local authority on.”

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, visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter