Time running out to register to vote

Don’t miss out on your chance to vote – that’s the message from East Sussex County Council as the deadline looms for registration for the May County Council election.

Voters across the county will head to the polls on Thursday 2 May 2013, but some people could be denied the chance to play their part in local democracy if they’re not registered to vote.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday 17 April 2013. Voters can add themselves to the electoral roll by filling in a simple online form and posting it to their local electoral registration office.

Becky Shaw, Chief Executive of East Sussex County Council, said: “As an authority, we deal with real issues which affect people’s everyday lives, from roads and transport to education, libraries and care for older people.

“By voting, people have the chance not only to influence the direction the council takes over the next four years but also to choose who they want as their local councillor.”

Anyone who is not already registered to vote, including first-time voters and people who have recently moved house, can register by following a simple, three-step process:

  1. Go online to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
  2. Complete, print off and sign a simple form
  3. Post it to their nearest election registration office, details of which are provided on the website

People can follow the same process to apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote – where they nominate someone else to vote on their behalf.

All 49 County Council seats will be contested on 2 May.

Further information

– A full list of candidates will be published on Tuesday 9 April 2013 on our County Council elections page.

– More information about electoral registration offices for the five borough and district council areas in East Sussex are available on the district and borough council websites: