Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on running services in your local area. These include housing, planning, parks, leisure and recycling.
In order to vote in this important election, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, Basildon Council is urging residents who have not registered at their current address to make sure they do so in time.
Scott Logan, Returning Officer and Chief Executive of Basildon Council, said: "Time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections. These elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in the Basildon borough. If you're not registered by 12 April, you won't be able to vote."
Phillippa Saray, Electoral Commission Regional Manager for the East and Southeast of England, added: "If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. It takes just five minutes online and means that you can take part in this important election."
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Friday 12 April. Anyone can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes just five minutes.
If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote. If in doubt, check your details by giving the Electoral Services Team a call on 01268 533333.