THURROCK Council is writing to every home in the borough to explain changes to the way people have to register to vote.
Nationally changes to the system came in during June and the new “Individual Electoral Registration” scheme means an estimated 10,000 people in Thurrock may need to take action to join the new register.
Cllr Victoria Holloway, the council’s portfolio holder for central services, said: “We are writing to local residents to tell them about what’s happening. This is the biggest change to the voter registration system in 100 years.
“You could be one of those who need to take action to ensure you get your vote so it’s very important you look out for our letter between now and 10 August which will explain if you are and what needs to be done.”
She said: “Previously, one person in each household was responsible for registering everyone who lived at an address, but now everybody is responsible for their own name being on the list.
“This means that, for the first time, people are now able to actually register online. To do so, you will need to provide a few more details, including your National Insurance number and date of birth. This will help make voting more secure.
“Most people who are already registered have automatically been transferred to the new list, but some will need to re-register.
“Next year there will be a General Election as well as local elections in May, so it is important people ensure they are properly registered to have their say on that day.”
To find out more or if you were not registered previously, you can register under the new system at gov.uk/yourvotematters