The government has introduced new security measures which means voters will have to show photo ID at the polling station. Acceptable ID will include a passport, photo driving licence and a national concessionary bus pass - including expired documents provided they still look like you. The full list will be available on the back of the poll card.
If you do not have any of the photo ID required then you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, which will be posted to you. Full details of this national process are available at www.voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk.
You must be registered to vote before you can apply. Being on the electoral register may also be helpful when you want to get credit for things such as a mortgage or loan.
The easiest way to register is to go online. Visit www.gov.uk/registertovote - please note that paying council tax does not automatically add you to the electoral register. To vote in the May elections, you must be registered by the end of 17 April.
A poll card will be sent to all registered electors at the end of March. These will now be A4 sized and delivered in an envelope. The poll card is still for information purposes and not a requirement for voting.
Polling stations will be open 7am to 10pm on Thursday, 4 May 2023; however, if you would prefer you can apply for a postal or proxy vote. You can download the application form from TDC's website or contact them on 01255 686575.
Further information can be found by visiting either www.tendringdc.gov.uk or www.electoralcommission.org.uk.