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    General Election – 4th July 2024

    Following confirmation by the Prime Minister on 22 May 2024, it has been announced that the next General Election will take place on Thursday, 4 July 2024.

    This has meant that Parliament has been dissolved as of 23 May 2024, and campaigning will take place over six weeks up to the date of the election itself.

    With Uckfield being affected by the government’s boundary review in 2023, this will be the first General Election where the town is part of the newly formed East Grinstead and Uckfield constituency.

    To explore what this means and the key information residents need to be aware of ahead of the upcoming election, we provide an overview below.

    How will Uckfield be represented in Parliament?

    Once the result of the 2024 UK General Election is confirmed, Uckfield is guaranteed to be served by a new Member of Parliament (MP).

    The incumbent MP for Wealden – the constituency which currently serves Uckfield – Nusrat Ghani will be standing in the new Sussex Weald constituency, which is situated to the east of the Uckfield parish boundary.

    The parishes of Framfield, East Hoathly with Halland and Hadlow Down, to the east of Uckfield, will all be part of the Sussex Weald constituency.

    By comparison, the parishes of Uckfield, Little Horsted and Buxted will all form part of the East Grinstead and Uckfield constituency, which will also include the settlements of Ardingly, Balcombe, Barcombe, Chailey, Chelwood Gate, Copthorne, Danehill, Fairwarp, Forest Row, Maresfield, North Chailey, Nutley, Pease Pottage, and Wivelsfield, amongst others.

    The official list of candidates for the new constituency will be published on 7 June, but as of 23 May 2024, the following candidates have confirmed that they will be standing;

    Christina Nanna Mary Coleman – Green Party

    Ben Sebastian Cox – Labour Party

    Nathan Curtis – Reform Party

    Mims Davis – Conservative and Unionist Party

    Benedict Dempsey – Liberal Democrats

    For more information on each of the candidates and updates on the official list published on 7 June, please visit the following websites:

    The Electoral Commissionhttps://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/your-election-information

    Who Can I Vote For?https://whocanivotefor.co.uk/

    Where can I find the results of the general election?

    Local and national media report on election results. Many provide live coverage of the results as they happen.

    Local authorities publish results for constituencies in their area.

    The Electoral Commission publishes the national election results. It also publishes results for individual constituencies.

    Following each general election, the House of Commons Library produces a briefing paper providing full results and analysis.

    How do I check my eligibility to vote?

    To vote at the General Election on 4 July 2024, residents will need to be registered to vote in the correct constituency.

    You can use the Gov.uk website to register to vote for the first time or to update your details if you have had any changes of address, name or nationality, here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

    If you live in England and Northern Ireland, you must meet the following criteria to register to vote:

    You must be aged 16 or over.

    You can register to vote if you’re a British citizen or an Irish citizen.

    You can also register if you have permission to enter or stay in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man – or you do not need permission – and you’re a:

    • Commonwealth citizen
    • citizen of Denmark, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal or Spain
    • citizen of another EU country, if you have had permission to enter or stay – or not needed permission – since 31 December 2020, and this has continued without a break

    The Gov.uk website has online forms and paper forms to register to vote.

    How do you vote on the day?

    Polls will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, July 4.

    People who have not yet registered to vote, or are not sure if they are eligible, have until June 18 to submit an application, or June 19 if they want to vote by post.

    Anyone who wants to apply for a proxy vote will have until June 26 to apply.

    You can only apply for a proxy vote under certain circumstances, including: being away on polling day, being registered as an overseas voter, having a medical issue or disability, and not being able to vote in person because of work or military service.

    Your proxy should be someone you trust to vote on your behalf. You’ll need to tell them which candidate you want to vote for.

    Where will my polling station be?

    If you intend on voting in person you will receive a polling card in the post that will tell you where to go. You will only be allowed to vote at the address given on your card

    What forms of ID can I bring?

    For the first time in a General Election, everyone must show photo ID when voting in person in England, Scotland and Wales.

    The photo on your ID must look like you and you can still use your ID even if it has expired, according to the government’s website. Anyone voting on behalf of someone else will still need to bring their own ID.

    The types of photo ID accepted include:

    • UK passport or a passport issued by an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or a Commonwealth country
    • UK or Northern Ireland photocard driving licence (full or provisional) or a driving licence issued by an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands
    • PASS card (National Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
    • Blue Badge
    • Biometric residence permit (BRP)
    • Defence Identity Card (MOD form 90)
    • National identity card issued by the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
    • Northern Ireland Electoral Identity Card
    • Voter Authority Certificate
    • Anonymous Elector’s Document

    You can also use one of the following travel passes as photo ID when you vote:

    • older person’s bus pass
    • disabled person’s bus pass
    • Oyster 60+ card
    • Freedom Pass
    • Scottish National Entitlement Card (NEC)
    • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
    • Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
    • Northern Ireland concessionary travel pass

    What if someone has changed their name?

    The name on your ID must match your name on the electoral register. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to either:

    • register to vote again with your new details
    • take a document with you to vote that proves you’ve changed your name (for example, a marriage certificate)

    What happens if someone doesn’t have ID?

    Anyone who doesn’t have an accepted form of ID will have to apply for a free ‘Voter Authority Certificate’. To do this, you will need to apply online or by post and provide:

    • a recent, digital photo of yourself
    • National Insurance number – If you do not have a National Insurance number, you’ll need to provide other documents to prove your identity, for example a birth certificate, bank statement and utility bill.

    The Voter Authority Certificate cannot be used in Northern Ireland.

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