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Lewes District Council
Southover House
Southover Road
East Sussex

Tel: 01273 471600
Minicom 01273 484488

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Registering To Vote

Find out who can register, which elections you can vote in and how to register to vote. Also, if you are already registered, tell us about any change in circumstances.

Voting and electoral registration within the Lewes district is handled by our Electoral Services team, regardless of the type of elections or who is up for nomination. The Electoral Services office handles all vote and election issues.

The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up by the UK Parliament to oversee the overall electoral process.

Electoral Registration

We send an electoral registration form to your home between October and January each year. Most people register or renew their electoral registration as part of this process.

Returning the registration form

You must return the electoral registration form, even if there is no change or no one is eligible to vote at your address. The form should list all the people who will be living at your address and who are eligible to vote.


Change of Voter Details

Monthly Alterations to the revised Register of Electors 2014

Following the annual canvass and the publication of the revised Register of
Electors on 17 February 2014, people may register under the rolling registration procedure.

Under Rolling Registration, monthly updates are published showing the
names of those that have been added, deleted or amended since the
publication of the Register. The process is subject to strict deadlines. The
date the form is received by Electoral Services determines when the
amendments to the Register will be made.

A timetable showing the relevant dates is set out below:-

If we get your form by                       Your details will be changed on

Monday, 10 March 2014                     Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Monday, 14 April 2014                        Thursday, 24 April 2014

Wednesday 7 May 2014                      Thursday 15 May 2014  (in time for the European Parliament Elections on Thursday 22 May 2014)

Friday, 9 May 2014                             Monday, 2 June 2014

Monday, 9 June 2014                          Thursday, 1 July 2014

Thursday, 10 July 2014                        Friday, 1 August 2014

Friday, 8 August 2014                         Monday 1 September 2014            


If you are registered to vote and have recently moved house or changed your personal details, you can change inform us here.

Voting Locally

To vote within the Lewes District you need to be over 18 years-old on or before the date of an election. You may register to vote before your birthday in preparation.

Your name needs to appear on the electoral register to state you're eligible to vote. There are certain restrictions on voting depending on the type of election taking place:

  • Overseas electors can vote in UK parliamentary elections but not in local government elections.
  • European Union citizens cannot vote in UK parliamentary elections but can vote in local government elections.

The Electoral Commissionís About My Vote website has a list of frequently asked questions about registering to vote. 

Lewes District boundary map

Electoral Boundaries

Registering to vote is based on the district you live in, not by the seat you are represented by.

For example, if you live in Peacehaven, you will register to vote with Lewes District Council. However, the election (polling stations, polling cards, nomination of candidates etc) is handled by Brighton & Hove City Council.

Similarly, if you live in Polegate, you will register to vote with Wealden District Council, but the election will be handled by Lewes District Council.

A list of all the relevant countries as of 1 July 2013.
PDF List of Commonwealth countries, British Overseas Territories, British Crown Dependencies & EU member states. (0.25mb)