It’s your vote, so don’t lose it urges watchdog

County Hall in Lewes

County Hall in Lewes

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Have your say

With only a month to go before local elections in East Sussex, the Electoral Commission has launched a campaign to encourage people to register in time to have their say at elections on Thursday May 2.

Voters in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford will go to the polls to elect members to sit on East Sussex County Council at County Hall in Lewes.

But to be able to vote people must register by April 17.

“There’s not much time left for people to secure their vote,” said Samantha Mills from the Electoral Commission. “We’re concerned many people may not realise they won’t be able to vote until it’s too late. That’s why we’re launching this campaign and urging people to take a few minutes to go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk and make sure they’ll be able to have their say.”

Those particularly at risk of missing their chance to vote are people who have moved house recently and who mistakenly assume they are automatically registered at their new address because they pay council tax.

“We also want to make sure that people who turned 18 since the last elections realise this is their chance to vote for the first time,” said Samantha. People should contact their local authority electoral registration office.