Forthcoming Elections

This page provides details of elections which are due to be held over the next few years.

If you would like to be notified of a future by-election, please complete our notification of a forthcoming by-election form.

Elections 2021

6 May 2021

There are vacancies in three Wards on Wealden District Council:

There are vacancies in two Parish Councils:-

  • Chalvington with Ripe – 2 vacant seats
  • East Dean and Friston –  3 vacant seats
  • East Sussex County Council Elections – 15 Electoral Divisions within Wealden
  • Police & Crime Commissioner Election   The Sussex Police Area Returning is the Returning Officer at Brighton and Hove City Council.  View further information on the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner next election.
  • Neighbourhood Planning Referendum – Hailsham
  • Neighbourhood Planning Referendum – Hellingly

Nomination packs for the East Sussex County Council elections, and the Wealden District Council and Parish Council by-elections are now available.  Please email to request a pack and include which elections you would like, how many packs and the postal address to which they should be sent.


Key dates in the election process:




Publication of notice of election


Monday 29 March

Delivery of nomination papers


From Tuesday 30 March up to 4pm on Thursday 8 April

Deadline for withdrawals of nomination


4pm on Thursday 8 April

Deadline for the notification of appointment of election agent

All, excluding parish council

4pm on Thursday 8 April

Publication of statement of persons nominated


Not later than 4pm on Friday 9 April

Deadline for receiving applications for registration


Monday 19 April

Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes


5pm on Tuesday 20 April

Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies)


5pm on Tuesday  27 April

Publication of notice of poll


Not later than Tuesday 27 April

Deadline for notification of appointment of polling and counting agents


Wednesday 28 April

First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes


Thursday 29 April

Polling day



7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May

Last time that electors can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes


5pm on Thursday 6 May

Deadline for emergency proxy applications


5pm on Thursday 6 May

Last time to alter the register due to clerical error or court appeal


9pm on Thursday 6 May

Delivery of return as to election expenses (parish council elections only)

Parish council

Friday 4 June

Delivery of return as to election expenses

All, excluding parish council

If result is declared:

Friday 7 May

Deadline for return:

Friday 11 June

Agent and Candidate Briefing – an initial Briefing was held via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 17 February 2021.    You can view a copy of the slides here

Another Briefing will be held in April (via Microsoft Teams) and will cover the Verification and Count process.  If you would like to receive an invitation for this Briefing, please email including your name and the email address to be used

Elections and Covid-19

On 5 February the Cabinet Office published a May 2021 polls delivery plan
This document describes how these poll will proceed.

On 26 February the Cabinet Office published an update on safe campaigning in the run up to the elections on 6 May.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions.  It is based on information as of Friday 23 October 2020, however, this is an evolving situation and advice may change.

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Wealden District Council will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at East Sussex County Council and as the Police and Crime Commissioner.  A number of by-elections and Neighbourhood Planning Referendums are also scheduled to take place.

The elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health. Depending on the infection rate, measures taken to control the spread of the virus may change as we approach May. This means we cannot currently answer all the questions you may have about how the election will be run. However, we are working hard with the Government,  the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure you can stay safe when casting your vote next May.

We will update this page with further information as it becomes available. Further information can also be found on the website of the Electoral Commission website.

This page was last updated on 16 November 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the election? What elections are taking place?

On Thursday 6 May, residents in the Wealden District will be voting for:

  • A Police and Crime Commissioner for the Sussex Police Area
  • County Councillors for East Sussex County Council
  • In addition, a number of by-elections and Neighbourhood Planning Referendums will be held in local areas:
    • Hailsham South District Ward
    • Heathfield North District Ward
    • Heathfield South District Ward
    • East Dean and Friston Parish Council (3 seats)
    • Chalvington with Ripe Parish Council (2 seats)
    • Hailsham Neighbourhood Planning Referendum – Hailsham Parish
    • Hellingly Neighbourhood Planning Referendum – Hellingly Parish

How can I vote at the May 2021 elections?

There are a number of ways to have your say in May – you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

How can I apply to vote by post or proxy?

To vote in the elections – either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy – you must first be registered to vote, which can be done online in just 5 minutes. Register to Vote

To then apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form. Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it to the Electoral Services Team at Wealden District Council Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX or email

If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.

If you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.

To apply for a proxy vote, complete the form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can’t get to your polling station in person.

How do I register to vote?

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. It takes 5 minutes to register and you can do this online

If you’re unable to register online, you can apply by post. You can download the relevant forms at Electoral Commission website

Is voting by post safe?

Yes, voting by post is safe and proven cases of electoral fraud are rare. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, and seal the envelope yourself.

You will also be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. This makes postal voting safe, because when you return your postal voting pack your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided before to confirm your identity.

Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

How are you making polling stations safe?

We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.

We will continue our discussions with public health authorities as we prepare for the elections to make sure we are following the most up to date guidance. We will continue to update this page as more information and guidance becomes available.

Will I need to bring my own pen or pencil?

Guidance in this area is still being developed, but you are always welcome to use your own pen or pencil. We are working with the UK’s governments, members of the electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure polling station are safe places to vote at the May 2021 elections.

We will update this page with new information as it becomes available.

Is it safer to vote by post, instead of going in person?

We are working hard to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead.

What should I do if I find out closer to the time that I need to self-isolate, or my area goes into a local lockdown?

We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic. We will be providing more information nearer the time on how you can vote if you need to self-isolate, or live in an area under local lockdown.

You do have different options for voting at the May 2021 elections – you can vote in person, by post or by proxy. You can find more information on the Electoral Commission website.

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