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.

Annual update to the electoral register

From Friday 11 August we will be delivering Household Enquiry Forms to all households in Thurrock.

You must respond to this form, even if there have been no recent changes to your household, to be included on the electoral register.

You can respond online, by text message, by phone, or by returning the paper form – simply follow the instructions on the form.

If you do not respond to the form you may be removed from the electoral register, or your details may be wrong, which means you may not be able to vote if an election is called.

The updated electoral register will be published on 1 December 2017 but you should respond to the form immediately.

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
  • republish it on 1 December

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 party descriptions 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 or registering to vote, you can do so below.

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

: 01375 652 816

: electoral.services@thurrock.gov.uk