Wealden District Council
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Electoral Registration and Voting – Frequently Asked Questions

Not sure if you’re eligible to register to vote in the UK?  Further information available on the Gov.uk website  

Step by Step easy read guide on registering to vote

From May 2023, you will also need to take voter identification with you to the polling station before you can receive your ballot paper.  More on Voter ID

Yes you can vote in British Parliamentary General Elections

Yes, you can register as a service voter if you are a member of the armed forces or the spouse or civil partner of someone in the armed forces.

If you do not have a fixed address, you can still have your say at elections. View more information on the Your Vote Matters website

A student who has a permanent home address and a term-time address can be lawfully registered at both addresses. If an elector is registered to vote in two different electoral areas, they are eligible to vote in local elections for the two different local councils. However, it is an offence to vote twice in any one election. Such an offence could result in a fine of up to £5,000.

Once you have registered to vote by post, you will receive a postal pack complete with instructions on how to complete it. This video explains how to complete your postal vote before sending it back to us: How to complete your postal vote

Every polling station in the Wealden District Council area has the following available:

  • A device to enable blind or partially sighted voters to vote unaided
  • At least one large-print version of the ballot paper displayed inside each station to assist partially sighted voters
  • Any voter with physical disabilities who is unable to vote without assistance or who is unable to read may be assisted by the Presiding Officer at the polling station.
  • Most polling stations in the Wealden area are wheelchair accessible. Where this is not possible the Presiding Officer can take the voters ballot paper to them outside the polling station allowing them to vote in private. The voter may also have a companion with them as well as the Presiding Officer.

 When you arrive at the polling station, a member of staff will:

  1. Ask for your poll card, scan the QR code on the poll card and confirm your name and address. You do not need your poll card to vote, but it will speed the process up if you bring it along with you
  2. Ask for your photo ID and check it is acceptable
  3. If your ID is acceptable, they will give you your ballot paper and direct you to complete it in a polling booth as usual

A privacy screen will be available at the polling station, so you can choose to have your photo ID viewed in private if you like.

Staff at the polling station are there to help. If you need assistance at any point, just ask.