On the 7th May this year, Bedford Borough will be a
very special place to be!
We'll have up to five different elections
taking place - which means more ballot papers than anywhere else in
Elections being held are:
- UK Parliament
- Borough Councillors
- Mayor of Bedford
- All 46 Parish Councils
- A referendum on an increase in the Police's
share of Council Tax, proposed by Bedfordshire's Police and Crime
You should have already received your poll
card, but if you haven't it's important to act quickly and let us
know either by telephone or email.
If you applied to vote by post, we should
have received your postal vote application form by
Tuesday 21 April at 5:00pm.
Polling Day: 7th May
Polling Stations will open at 7AM
and close at 10PM
Please click here to view the election timetable (links to
various websites and useful documents are also available on this
To find out which constituency you are in
click here and use the table at the bottom of the
To find your local Polling Station using your
address, please use this app.
(White ballot paper)
Vote for ONLY ONE CANDIDATE by putting a cross
[X] in the box next to your choice.
The Bedford Borough area is divided into three
parliamentary constituencies; Bedford, North East Bedfordshire and
Mid Bedfordshire with Bedford Borough responsible for administering
the elections for the Bedford and North East Bedfordshire
Citizens of the European Union (with the
exception of Cyprus, Malta and the Republic of Ireland) are not
eligible to vote in the UK Parliamentary elections, but can vote in
the local elections below.
Borough Council Elections
(Green ballot paper)
Bedford Borough Council has 40 elected Borough
Councillors each representing 1 of 27 Wards within the Bedford
Borough Area. Electors vote for the candidates who are
standing for the Ward where they are registered to vote. Details of
the Wards and the elections of Councillors is available at
Instructions will be provided in the polling
station but for Wards with only one Councillor vote ONLY ONCE by
putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice. For Wards with
two Councillor’s vote for NO MORE THAN TWO CANDIDATES by putting a
cross [X] in the box next to EACH of your choices.
Local Mayoral Election
(Salmon ballot paper)
Mayoral elections in the UK use the
Supplementary Vote (SV) system. Under SV, voters select their
first and second choices from the list of candidates. Vote by
putting a cross [X] in the box in column 1 next to your FIRST
CHOICE candidate and in column 2 next to your SECOND CHOICE
Your first and second choices should be
different. Further details are provided in the mayoral booklet
which is being issued to everyone entitled to vote.
Bedford Borough Council is one of only 16
Councils in the country to have a Directly Elected Mayor.
Parish Council Elections
(Lilac ballot paper)
Parish Council elections are held every 4
years, and coincide with both the Mayoral and Borough Council
Elections. Parish Councils primarily comprise of the villages
in the area, but can also be large areas such as Brickhill or
Kempston Town. Elections will also take place to the newly formed
Wixams Parish Council.
Where there is a Parish Council election
ballot papers will explain how many candidates you can vote for.
Vote by putting a cross [X] in the box next to EACH of your
Referendum On Council Tax Increase For
Bedfordshire Police And Crime Commissioner
(Yellow ballot paper)
The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
has put forward proposals for 15.8% increase in the element of the
Council Tax charged for the Police to provide additional policing
in the County. There will therefore be a referendum across
Bedfordshire on 7 May asking people if they support the Police and
Crime Commissioner’s proposed increase in Council Tax.
Vote ONLY ONCE by putting a cross [X] in the
box next to your choice.
Voters are advised not to
put any other mark on the ballot paper or your vote might not
Results of the
elections will be announced from Friday 8 May in the morning to
Monday 11 May in the morning with details published on our
If you have any questions concerning the
elections, please contact the Electoral Registration Team
using the details below:
Democratic and Registration Services Group