Residents will be invited to vote for up to three candidates, rather than just one, to represent their ward in the local election on Thursday 2 May.

The reason for the increased number of votes on this year’s ballot paper is because of a boundary review which saw changes to all but one of Norwich’s 13 wards. As a result it means that all 39 city councilors need to be elected at the same time, known as an ‘all-out’ election.

Residents who are registered to vote will receive a poll card at the end of March which will specify their ward and polling station location – this may be different to previous years.

Those who are not already registered to vote are being urged to make sure they can take part in the May election by signing up by the deadline of 12 April.

Stuart Guthrie, democratic and elections manager for Norwich City Council said: “The local election is an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that affect day-to-day life in your neighbourhood, but you have to be registered to take part.

“If you have recently turned 18 or moved house, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote – it’s easy to do and only takes five minutes to sign up online.”

Following this year’s election, Norwich City Council will return to its usual format of voting by thirds – this means one-third of councilors are elected every year over a four year cycle – with no election in the fourth year.

Residents can check if they are registered by contacting the election office on elections@norwich.gov.uk or calling 0344 980 3333.

Registering is quick and easy and can be done online: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote