Voters head to the polls in Lewes and Wealden districts

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THOUSANDS of people across Lewes and Wealden districts will go to the polls today (Thursday May 5).

Local government elections are happening at district, town and parish council level.

There will also be a UK wide referendum on the same day on the alternative vote system. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

You should have received a card with details of your local polling station.

When voting at a polling station, it is helpful to take your poll card with you, but if you don’t have it, don’t let that stop you – you can still vote.

Polling station staff will hand out ballot papers for district, town and parish council elections.

If you are eligible to vote in the UK wide referendum you will receive a ballot paper for this too.

Both councils said their staff would not be able to hand out any ballot papers after 10pm even if voters were in a queue, so urged them to arrive in good time.

The referendum is on the voting system used for elections to the UK Parliament and the question being put to voters on is: “At present, the UK uses the ’first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?”

If you applied for a postal vote, it needs to be received by the returning officer by 10pm on Thursday May 5.

If you have left it too late to post back, you can drop it off at your polling station or at the elections office.

To find out more about your local candidates or details of your polling station visit www.lewes.gov.uk or www.wealden.gov.uk.