LOCAL elections will be taking place across the country this year, with all of Essex’s district, borough, city and unitary councils heading to the polls in a matter of weeks.
Millions of people in the UK will be able to have their say over who represents them in their local authorities.
The vote will take place on Thursday May 4 between 7am-10pm, with the most common way of voting being to travel to your nearest polling station.
But before you can take part, you need to register to vote. Registering is easy and the quickest way to do it is online. The deadline to do this is by 11:59pm on April 17.
How to register to vote?
You can register to vote online via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It usually only takes about five minutes. You will be asked to provide personal details, including your name, date of birth and address. If you have moved from a separate address in the last 12 months you will be asked to provide this as well.
The form will also ask you for your National Insurance number, although you can still register if you do not have access to it. You can find this on your payslips or a P45, if you have one. After you’ve registered, your name and address will appear on the electoral register.
You will also be asked if you want to apply for a postal vote, in case you don’t want to vote in person. If you want to vote by post, the Electoral Registration Office must receive your postal vote application by 5pm on Tuesday April 18. This year’s local elections will be the first where ID is now required to vote, but you won’t be asked for this when you register.
Do I have to register online?
No, you can register using a paper form. This can also be found via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote – you’ll need to print, fill out and send the form to your local Electoral Registration Office.
My address is 1 Poynder Road, Tilbury, Essex. RM18 8LU. We do a postal vote, but have not received anything to date, why is that. I want to vote and am intitaled to vote why haven’t I received anything by now.