How to register to vote in the May local elections

Residents across Essex not yet on the electoral list wanting to vote in this year’s council elections have just days to register.

If you are not already registered to vote and wish to vote in this election, on May 5, the deadline for your voter registration application is Thursday, April 14

The quickest and easiest way to register is online at

The process of Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was introduced in June 2014. People are now responsible for their own registration and have to make their own application to register to vote each time they move.

In order to register, each applicant will be required to include their national insurance number and date of birth in their application. This information will be used to verify that the applicant is who they say they are.

Register online

You should register if you have not previously registered or if you have recently moved home. The whole process should take about five minutes.

New applications for a postal vote for this election, or requests to amend or cancel an existing postal vote, must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer at your particular council by 5pm on Tuesday April 19 2022.

To vote by post fill out this form here

Applications to appoint a proxy to act for you at this election must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday April 26 2022.

You can apply here

In Essex, seven councils are holding local elections this year.

People in Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Colchester, Epping Forest and Rochford have a chance to vote for councillors on May 5.

All seven districts elect councillors by thirds. In that system councillors sit for four years and elections are by ‘thirds’ meaning a third of the seats are contested each time.

As some wards have only one or two councillors, not every ward is contested each time there are local elections.


Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter