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Local elections 2019

We have three different elections taking place:

  1. Mayor of Bedford Borough
  2. Borough Councillors
  3. Parish Councils

See Statements of Persons Nominated 

Candidates and agents

A candidate and agent briefing will be held on Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 6pm in the Council Chamber, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP.

At the briefing you will be provided with information on the postal vote, and count processes, together with details of agent appointments and spending limits.

If you wish to attend please contact:

Julie Prestidge
Tel: 01234 276907

Polling Day: 2 May 2019

Use the polling station location map to find your polling station.

Polling stations will open at 7am and close at 10pm.

Tel: 01234 718078

If you are not already registered to vote, the deadline to apply is Friday 12 April. Register to vote online here 

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday 15 April. Apply for a postal vote here 

The deadline to appoint a proxy (someone to vote on your behalf at your polling station) is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. Apply to vote by proxy here 

Election timetable 




Publish notice of election


Tuesday 26 March

Delivery of Nomination Papers


from 26 March to Wednesday 3 April (10am to 4pm)

Deadline for withdrawals of nomination


4pm Wednesday 3 April

Publish first notice of alteration


Wednesday 3 April

Publish statement of persons nominated


No later than 4pm Thursday 4 April

Deadline for registration applications


Friday 12 April

Deadline for new postal/postal proxy applications and
changes to existing postal/proxy


5pm Monday 15 April

Deadline for new proxy votes


5pm Wednesday 24 April

Publish second notice of alteration


Between Thursday 4 April and Wednesday 24 April

Publish notice of poll


No later than Wednesday 24 April

Publish final notice of alteration


Thursday 25 April

Deadline for appointment of polling and counting agents


Thursday 25 April

First date electors apply for replacement for lost postal votes


Friday 26 April

Election day


Thursday 2 May

Latest date to replace for spoilt or lost postal votes


5pm Thursday 2 May

Emergency proxy applications deadline


5pm Thursday 2 May

Final alterations to register due to clerical error or court appeal


9pm Thursday 2 May

Delivery of return-election expenses

Parish Council

Thursday 30 May

Delivery of return-election expenses

All, excluding Parish Council

Result declared Thursday 2 May - Thursday 6 June,
Result declared Friday 3 May - Friday 7 June

Postal vote rejection notices


By Friday 2 August

Borough Council elections

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 are available here.

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 Councillors vote for no more than two candidates by putting a cross [X] in the box next to each of your choices.

Local Mayoral election

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 candidate.

Your first and second choices should be different. 

Bedford Borough Council is one of 16 councils in the country to have a directly elected Mayor.

Parish Council elections

Parish Council elections are held every four 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 and Kempston Town.

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 choices.

Elections results

Results of the elections will be announced from the next morning, 3 May. Details will published on this page.

Further information about elections

Please contact the Electoral Registration Team if you have any questions about the elections.

Tel: 01234 718078

Democratic and Registration Services Group
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP