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Reminder to cast your vote in this week’s General Election – and don’t forget your photo ID


Residents are being urged to have their say in the General Election this week – and to remember to take their photo ID to the polling station.

Everyone in the Clacton and the Harwich and North Essex constituencies who is registered to vote should have received a card giving details of the polling station where they can cast their vote for the election on Thursday, 4 July.

Postal votes have also been sent out to thousands of people across Tendring.

After the introduction of new legislation in 2022, people going to vote in polling stations will need to show an accepted form of photo ID in order to receive their ballot paper.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm – to find yours, check your polling card, or visit Postal votes can also be returned to any Tendring polling station on the day.

Ian Davidson, Acting Returning Officer for both the Clacton constituency and the Harwich and North Essex constituency, is urging voters to have their say.

“We would always encourage people to cast their ballot in any election, so put in time to head to a polling station on Thursday to have your say on who will represent you in the House of Commons for the next term of office,” he said.

“Following a change to the law two years ago, please remember to bring an accepted form of photo ID with you to enable you to vote.”

The area of the two constituencies has changed since the last General Election in 2019 following a review by the Boundary Commission for England.

As such, some electors who were previously in the Harwich and North Essex constituency will now find that their homes are now in the Clacton constituency. Likewise, some electors previously in Colchester constituency are now in Harwich and North Essex constituency.

You can check which constituency you are in via

The forms of photo ID that are accepted include a UK passport or driving licence, a Blue Badge, older or disabled person’s bus pass, PASS card or Defence Identity Card – but you can see the full list at

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