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The deadline to register to vote and have your say is 12th April

On 2 May 2019 elections will be taking place across Bedford Borough. Elections will be held for the Mayor of Bedford Borough, along with elections of all Borough Councillors. All Parish and Town Councils will also hold elections on 2 May.

The deadline to register to vote and have your say is 12th April. For anyone who is away or wishes to receive a postal vote the deadline for applications is the 15th April.

Philip Simpkins, Chief Executive of Bedford Borough Council, said:

“I’d urge anyone who is not registered to vote already to do so as soon as possible, so they can have their say at this year’s elections. It is quick and easy to register online.”

Anyone not registered can do so at

Information on Bedford Borough elections

Mayoral Elections

Bedford Borough Council is one of only 16 Councils in the country (outside of London and the ‘metro-mayors’) to have a Directly Elected Mayor. Mayoral elections in the UK use the Supplementary Vote (SV) system. Under SV, voters can select their first and second preference out of the list of candidates.

Borough Council Elections

Bedford Borough Council has 40 elected councillors across 27 Wards within the Bedford Borough Area. Electors vote for the candidates who are standing for the ward they are registered within.

More information on the elections, the election timetable, applications to register to vote and to change your current voting arrangements, are all available at