A by-election for a vacant seat in the ward of Wyboston in Bedford Borough will take place on Thursday 29 June 2023.
Poll cards will be issued soon and voters are reminded that they will need to show approved photo ID to vote at a polling station. This includes a current or expired UK passport or driver’s licence. Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply online for free ID.
Details of approved photo ID and how to apply for free ID, known as a Voter Authority Certificate, are available on the Electoral Commission’s website: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voter-id.
People who were eligible to vote in May’s local elections and whose details have not changed will still be registered. It only takes a few minutes to register at your current address by going online at www.gov.uk/registertovote. Residents can check by contacting the Council’s Electoral Services team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents who are unable to get to a polling station on Thursday 29 June 2023 can apply to vote by post or proxy. The deadline for applying for a postal vote, amending a postal vote or amending a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 14 June 2023. The deadline for applying for a new proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 21 June 2023.
Forms to apply to vote by post or proxy are available from the Council’s Electoral Services team or at the Electoral Commission’s website: www.yourvotematters.co.uk.
The by-election has been called following Tom Wootton’s election as Mayor of Bedford Borough.
The candidate list will be published on Monday 5 June 2023. The elected candidate will serve until May 2027.