Petitions to change our governance

Voters in Thurrock can petition us to hold a referendum on whether we should change the way the council is governed. For example, whether we have an elected mayor or a committee system.

For the referendum to go ahead, the petition would need to be signed by at least 5% of the people eligible to vote in Thurrock.

The number equal to 5% of the people eligible to vote is known as the 'verification number'.

Verification number 2024/25

The verification number for the revised register of electors in effect on 15 February 2024 is:


From 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2025, any petition for changes to our governance must have at least this number of signatures for us to hold a referendum.