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Last Chance to Register to Vote


Unregistered voters have until next Monday 20th April to get registered to be able to have their say in this May’s elections.


Voters across Bedford Borough will take part in up to 5 different elections, which is more than anywhere else in the country. However if you’re not registered you won’t be able to be able to take part in any of the elections and won’t be able to have your say.


Registering is quick and easy to do and can be done online at www.bedford.gov.uk/register-to-vote but this needs to be done by Monday 20th April to take part.


Polling cards have been issued to the 123,000 residents already registered, while those who have requested postal votes will start to receive them from this week. Due to the different elections that are taking place postal ballot papers will be issued to voters in up to 3 different mailings so may not all arrive on the same day.


Philip Simpkins, Chief Executive of Bedford Borough Council, said: “We believe voters in Bedford will be casting more votes than anywhere else in the country. With so many decisions to be made, we will be working hard to make sure the process is as simple and straight-forward as possible.”


Information on the elections and links to the election timetable, applications to register to vote and to change current voting arrangements, are all available at www.bedford.gov.uk/elections2015


Click here to find your local Polling Station.


Information on Elections:


On 7 May 2015 elections will be taking place across Bedford Borough. Elections will be held for the UK Parliament and all Borough Councillors along with the election of the Mayor of Bedford Borough and the referendum of the Police’s part of the Council Tax. Parish Council elections will also be held on 7 May for where these are contested.


For the first time in recent history, Parish Council elections are to be held on the same day as a General Election. It will also be the first time that the Council Tax increase referendum has to be held following the proposal from the Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) for a 15.8% increase in the Police’s share of the Council Tax.


Parliamentary Elections

A General Election is now held once every five years on the first Thursday in May following the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 coming into force. All Members of Parliament are elected at the same time. If a seat falls vacant between the elections, then a by-election is held in that particular constituency.


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 Bedford and North East Bedfordshire Constituencies.


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.


Mayoral Elections

Bedford Borough Council is one of only 16 Councils in the country to have a Directly Elected Mayor. 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.


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 is available at www.bedford.gov.uk/elections2015



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.


Parish Council Elections

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.

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