Thurrock Council has officially announced this year's local election and the election for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) for Essex. The polls will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.
The notices of election for both were published today (Friday 19 March). Nominations to stand as a candidate close at 4pm on Thursday 8 April.
Polling cards will be delivered to eligible electors between Friday 19 March and Sunday 28 March. The poll card is for information only, it is not required to vote. You should check your poll card carefully as some polling stations may have changed.
When visiting polling stations to vote in May, electors and officials will be required to follow social distancing guidance. More information is provided on the poll card, including the requirement to wear a mask or face covering unless an exemption applies.
Thurrock Council has 20 wards, 17 of which have a combined election on 6 May. Little Thurrock Rectory, Stifford Clays and Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park wards have no local council elections this year. In each election only a third of councillors in the borough stand, which means these 2-councillor wards will not be contested this time.
If you have not yet registered to vote you have until midnight on Monday 19 April to apply.
You can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling 01375 652 816.
Anyone who requires a postal vote should contact the elections office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01375 652 816. The deadline for applications to vote by post is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.
Applications for proxy votes should be made by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April. To apply, email email@example.com or phone 01375 652 816. Emergency proxy arrangements may apply after 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
For details of the wards and seats that are up for election this May, go to thurrock.gov.uk/elections