County, Borough and District, Town and Parish elections determine the councillors who run your local services. Councillors are elected for a term of four years, although not all elections are held at the same time in the same year.
The way you vote for local councillors is similar to voting in a general election. The candidate who gets the most votes, wins - this is called a 'first-past-the-post' voting system. When you vote in a local election, the ballot paper will list all the candidates standing. The boundary of the area is determined by the type of seat being contested.
Eastbourne Borough Council is represented by 27 elected councillors. Lewes District Council is represented by 41 elected councillors. Within Lewes District, there are also several smaller town and parish areas, each with their own elected representatives whose numbers vary depending upon their size.
County Councillors represent larger areas than parish, town or districts. They may represent the same geographical area, but determine the use of different services. East Sussex County Council has 50 elected members.