Residents in Bedford Borough are reminded that their vote matters. Photo by Elliott Stallion on Unsplash

Bedford Borough residents are urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post

Local elections will be taking place next year and residents are being urged not to lose their voice. Voter Registration forms are being sent out to households across Bedford Borough.

Residents are being asked to look out for the forms and respond as soon as possible.

Philip Simpkins, Electoral Registration Officer for the Borough of Bedford said:

“It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register. Simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.”

Responding is quick and easy

If there are no changes you can simply text ‘No Changes’ followed by your reference numbers to 07860020080 or call the council on 0800 197 3294.

If you have changes you can visit www.registersecurely.com/bedford or call 01234 718078.

Responding to the Voter Registration detail forms will keep the local electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered.

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form.

Across Great Britain, 94% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered. It is only 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

To be eligible to register to vote a person must be:

  • Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)
  • A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave
  • A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state

British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states can vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.