Many areas of the UK are currently preparing for local elections but there is no need for people in Mid Sussex to head to the polling booths on 3 May. Mid Sussex residents voted in District, Town and Parish Council elections last year and will not do so again until 2015.
County, District, Town and Parish Council elections are held regularly but not all local authority areas hold elections at the same time. Mid Sussex is one of many local authority areas across the UK not holding major elections this May.
The outline schedule for elections in Mid Sussex is as follows:
Police and Crime Commissioner – November 2012
West Sussex County Council elections - May 2013
European Parliament elections - June 2014
General Election - May 2015
District, Town and Parish Council elections – May 2015
By-elections for local and national government may be called at other times but residents should be reassured that voters will be notified well in advance of polling day.
“Sometimes residents hear about elections that are taking place in other local authority areas and worry that they will miss the chance to have their say,” said Tom Clark, Returning Officer for Mid Sussex District Council. “However, there really is no cause for concern because there are no elections taking place in Mid Sussex on 3 May.
“We had a similar situation four years ago. Some residents contacted the Council to ask for their poll cards or postal ballots and others even turned up to vote, only to find that there was no polling station. It is encouraging to see that our residents are so keen to vote but we don’t want them to go to unnecessary trouble or be unduly worried.”