Don’t lose your vote in 2012

VOTER registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across Thurrock and people are being urged to return them as soon as possible.

If you do not register to vote you will not be able to make your voice heard in next May’s local elections.

Thurrock’s local Electoral Registration Officer — and council chief executive Graham Farrant — and his staff will be sending forms to households across the borough over the coming months to compile the electoral register.

If you do not receive your form you can contact your Electoral Registration Officer on 01375 652816 or print one off at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Cllr Phil Smith, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for legal services — including elections — said: “Registering to vote is very simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible and return it as soon as possible.

“We would encourage households to respond early to avoid the need and expense of sending reminder forms. If your details haven’t changed you can also reply by phone or via the internet.”

He added: “There was a lot of interest in this year’s referendum on the UK voting system and local elections and we were pleased with the increase in registration shortly before polling day. However, some people may not realise that they have to register every year.

“It is important you complete and return the registration form so you’re able to take part in any election held in the coming 12 months.”

Local elections will be held in Thurrock on Thursday, 3 May 2012.

On your electoral registration form you can opt to have your details excluded from the edited register. This will mean your details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations.

For more information contact your local Electoral Registration Officer on 01375 652816 or email electoral.services@thurrock.gov.uk

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