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Election Information

4 May 2023 – District & Parish Council Elections

Elections are due to be held for Parish and District Councillors in May 2023. Within each Parish and ward of the district polling stations are only opened where there are more candidates that there are seats. If there is no vote for Parish Councillors or District Councillors in our area that means that the number of candidates is equal to or less than the number of seats available.

If this happens those candidates who have put themselves forward are automatically elected - it is know as an uncontested election. If you would like to stand as a Parish Councillor please see the 'prospective Candidate page for more information.

Voter ID – What you need to Know.

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.

Which forms of ID can I use to vote.

You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable.  You can use any of the following:

•           Passport

•           Driving licence (including provisional license)

•           Blue badge

•           Certain concessionary travel cards

•           Identity card with PASS mark 

•           Biometric Immigration document

•           Defence identity card

•           Certain national identity cards

For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply for this at

Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form and send this to the Electoral Services team at Wealden District Council.

If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request an application form, contact Wealden District Council at


Find out more

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.