Electoral Registration and Voting – Frequently Asked Questions

Every local authority holds the electoral register for their own area. There is no online electoral register. To find out if you are already on the electoral register, please phone Wealden District Council on 01892 602417 or email elections@wealden.gov.uk

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

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.

We have put a number of measures in place to ensure that people can vote safely during the pandemic.

  • You may have to queue as there will be limits to the number of people allowed in the polling station at any one time
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided for use when entering and leaving the polling station
  • Face masks must be worn at all times unless you are exempt
  • Markings on the floor will show you where to go and will help you to keep a safe distance from other voters and staff
  • We recommend bringing your own pen or pencil to mark the ballot paper, but clean pencils will be available
  • Staff will regularly clean the polling station for your safety

This video from the Electoral Commission explains more: What to expect on polling day during the COVID-19 pandemic