Thurrock Council is about to start its annual update of the borough’s Electoral Register and forms will be delivered to all homes between 12 and 21 August.
It is important to ensure the register is as up-to-date as possible so people do not miss out on their chance to vote and all residents are encouraged to complete the form and return it promptly to ensure they can have their say at future elections.
It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered to vote.
The council is required to do this every year and people should check the form when it arrives and take the required action; electoral services can be told of changes via the internet or, if there are no changes, this can be confirmed by text, telephone or the internet.
Look out for the contact details and security codes on the form which can also be returned by post in the pre-paid envelope.
New electors will need to complete the household enquiry form and an individual "application to register" form. When the enquiry form is received, electoral services will send information explaining how to register, or new electors can go online to apply to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Everyone is asked to respond as quickly as possible to reduce the need for reminder forms being sent out or for personal visits.
Although there are no local or national elections or referendums scheduled in the next year, by-elections and General Elections can be called at just a few weeks' notice. The revised electoral register will be published by 1 December 2016.