Voting and registering to vote

Overview

To vote in an election you must be registered to vote and aged 18 or over on polling day.

Registering to vote

If you are not registered, you can apply through the GOV.UK website or contact us direct. You will need your National Insurance number and date of birth.

GOV.UK: register to vote

You need to register to vote individually rather than as a household. This system is called individual electoral registration.

Electoral register

The electoral register – sometimes called the 'electoral roll' – lists the names and addresses of everyone who's registered to vote.

By law, we must keep the register of electors up-to-date. We will:

  • update it once a month – rolling registration
  • begin a full annual update in July each year
  • republish it on 1 December

Annual update to the electoral register

By law, information on our local electoral register is checked for accuracy against information held by the government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

From 21 July 2020, all households in Thurrock will be sent a letter showing the details on the electoral register for their address.

You don’t have to do anything if:

  • your household details are correct, as matched by our electoral register and DWP records
  • the letter says you don't need to respond

You will need to respond if, for your household, either:

  • details shown on the letter are not correct
  • details on our electoral register did not match those held by the DWP
  • there is a young person in the household who is now eligible to vote

If your details are correct but the letter says you need to respond, you can do this either online, by phone or by text message. If you need to update your details, you can only do this online – you cannot make changes by phone or by text messaging. The letter will tell you how you can use these services.

If you don't respond to the letter, or to a reminder form, we will begin making personal contact to update the information required by law.

If you are asked to respond, please do so as soon as possible to avoid the need for unnecessary contact.

Voting in elections

If you are registered for an election, you will receive a poll card. The card will tell you which polling station you should go to on election day to vote. Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm.

If you cannot get to a polling station, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy. Your poll card will have a postal vote application on the reverse, or you can contact us for an application form.

Election candidates for whom you can vote

Names, addresses and parties of candidates are included on a 'statement of persons nominated'.

Statements are published on our elections page as soon as possible after the close of nominations.

Contacting us

If you need to contact us about voting, registering to vote, or the annual update, you can do so below.

Electoral services
Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL

: 01375 652 816

: electoral.services@thurrock.gov.uk