As the local authority is dispatching voter registration forms across the borough, the Labour Group on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is urging everyone to ensure that they will still "have their voice" when the next set of elections arrive.
There are two sets of elections in 2016: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council elections, and for the Police and Crime Commissioner. It is also possible that the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union will be held in 2016. No-one can participate in any of these if they are not registered to vote.
Being on the electoral register also improves one's credit rating, and the register is used for jury selection.
Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Ware-Lane says "Registering is a legal responsibility, but it is more than that. It ensures that you have a voice. Voting matters too; nothing changes if you do not vote."
"It's your money that politicians are spending - and you should have a say in how it is spent", added Cllr Ware-Lane.