With district and parish council elections and the first UK-wide referendum in over 30 years taking place on Thursday 5 May, Wealden District Council is urging voters in Wealden to be ready to have their say.
The referendum is on the voting system used for elections to the UK Parliament. The question being put to voters on 5 May is:
"At present, the UK uses the 'first past the post' system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the 'alternative vote' system be used instead?"
With several bank holidays coming up, residents who are going to be away on 5 May can also apply to vote by post or by proxy.
Returning Officer Charles Lant said: "Now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote before the deadline on Thursday 14 April. The deadlines if you need to apply for a postal or proxy vote are 5pm on 14 April for postal votes and 5pm on 21 April for proxy votes.
You can call 01892 602417 or print the forms from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk, fill them in and return them to Electoral Services."
If you register to vote by post you may receive two separate voting packs. One pack will contain your referendum ballot paper and district council ballot paper. If your parish council's elections are contested (i.e. if there are more candidates than there are seats to be filled), you will receive a second pack containing your parish ballot paper. Please complete the two packs separately and return them separately and as soon as possible. If your parish council's elections are not contested you will only receive one pack. Please complete and return it as soon as possible.
Phillippa Saray, Electoral Commission regional manager for the South East, said:
"People don't always realise that they can have their say in different ways, including by post or by asking someone you trust (a ‘proxy') to cast your vote for you. So if you are going to be away on Thursday 5 May, take a few minutes now to make sure your voice will still be heard."