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Changes to proxy and postal voters in Wealden

Publish Date: 23 November 2023

Changes have been made to the way that Wealden residents can apply for postal and proxy votes.

Electoral commission post with peach coloured background

Due to the Elections Act 2022, new regulations mean that electors wishing to vote by post will now be required to reapply for their postal vote arrangement every three years.

If a voter holds a postal vote before 31 October 2023 it is not necessary to reapply as the voter will be notified by Wealden council’s Electoral Registration Office about reapplying before their expiry on 31 January 2026.

Proxy voting has also changed and under new rules voters will only be able to act as a proxy for up to two people living in the UK.

For further details and to apply for a postal vote visit www.gov.uk/apply-postal-vote and for proxy voting visit http://www.gov.uk/apply-proxy-vote

Wealden voters can also complete an application form and send it to the Electoral Registration Office at Wealden District Council. Paper forms will still be available to download from the Electoral Commission’s website at http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter

They can also be requested from the council’s Electoral Services team via email or phone at 01892 602407 or email elections@wealden.gov.uk

A National Insurance number will need to be provided on postal vote and proxy vote applications. If someone is not able to provide it, alternative proof of identity may be accepted.

Councillor James Partridge, Alliance for Wealden (Liberal Democrat), lead councillor for Governance, Community Leadership and Communications and leader of the council, said, “We are telling residents about the changes to voting because it is vital that they keep their ability to vote. The Council is working hard to make sure that we tell people about the changes and what they might mean for them.”

Further information can be found at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/our-views-and-research/elections-act