County Council elections
County Council elections are held every four years. The next election will be held in 2021.
County Council elections - 4 May 2017
The County Council election was held on Thursday 4 May 2017. Information on the associated dates is contained in the Election Timetable.
Notice of Poll:
Notice of Appointment of Election Agents:
Statement of Persons Nominated:
Notice of Election:
County Council By-Election, St Helens and Silverhill Division
The By-Election was held on 5 May 2016. The successful candidate was Cllr Judy Rogers (LAB).
County Council By-Election, Old Hastings and Tressell Division
The By-Election was held on 9 July 2015. The successful candidate was Cllr Tania Charman (LAB)
Pre-election period guidance
Guidance for elected Members and local authority staff on the pre-election period, sometimes referred to as ‘purdah’:
County Council elections – 2 May 2013
You can view the results of the 2013 elections here.
The Returning Officer for the County Council elections in May 2013 was Becky Shaw, Chief Executive of the County Council.
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The number of voters represented by each county councillor should be roughly the same in every electoral division.
Because resident numbers change, electoral arrangements are regularly reviewed by The Boundary Committee for England to make sure voters are fairly represented.
East Sussex County Council, Local Government Act 2000 The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011
We are required by law to publish how many signatures of registered voters are required on a petition, which would require the council to hold a referendum on changing its model of governance. This figure is known as the verification number.
At the County Council elections held on 4 June 2009, the Conservatives maintained control of East Sussex County Council.
A total of 49 councillors were elected. Figures in brackets show how many seats were held by each party before the election.
- Conservative – 29 (29)
- Labour – 4 (5)
- Liberal Democrats – 13 (13)
- Independent – 3 (2)
At the previous full County Council elections in 2005, the Conservatives maintained control and increased their seats from 24 to 29.
A total of 49 councillors were elected, up from 44 due to boundary changes. Figures in brackets show how many seats were held by each party before the election.
- Conservative – 29 (24)
- Labour – 5 (6)
- Liberal Democrats – 13 (14)
- Independent – 1 (0)
- Independent Democrat – 1 (0)