Elections: 4 May 2023

Local and parish elections, 4 May 2023

There will be all-out local and parish elections on 4 May.

Elections for our councillors will be for the new ward boundaries as set out by the Local Government Boundary Commission of England. In addition to the boundary changes, the elections will be for 63 councillors across the 31 wards.

Voter ID will be required to vote in all elections on 4 May.


If you're interested in standing as a councillor, you can find more information on standing in local and parish elections on the Electoral Commission's website. Nomination papers can be requested from electoral.registration@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk and must be delivered by hand to Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands SG17 5TQ. You can request an appointment for a precheck to make sure that the information on your nomination paper is correct. We cannot accept nomination papers before 14 March 2023. The deadline for handing in your completed nomination form is 4pm on Tuesday 4 April. Please email electoral.registration@centralbedfordshire.go.uk for more information.

Candidates and agents meeting

When: 6pm on Tuesday 21 February 2023

Where: Priory House, Chicksands

This session will cover the processes and requirements for nomination, arrangements for polling day and the count. For more information, email electoral.registration@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.


If you are already on the electoral role at your current address, you do not need to re-register for each election. Please ring 0300 300 8008 to check if you are not sure.

Poll cards

The poll card design has changed this year and will be an A4 information leaflet delivered to each registered elector in an envelope. Poll cards will be delivered over the weekend of 6 April to 11 April. The poll card will tell you where your polling station will be if you vote in person. It will also include a list of all acceptable forms of photographic ID.

Postal votes

You can apply for a postal vote if you are already on the register. The completed application form must be received by the electoral registration office by 5pm on 18 April 2023.

Postal vote packs for existing postal vote electors will be sent on Tuesday 11 April (for our ward councillor elections). New postal voters and contested parish elections will be sent out after this date.

Fully-completed postal packs must be received by 10pm on Thursday 4 May to be counted.

Please read the instructions carefully or your vote may not be entered into the count.

Key dates

  • Notice of election: 13 March 2023
  • Nomination period: 14 March 2023 until 3 April 2023 (weekdays only), 9am until 5pm, 4 April 9am until 4pm
  • Register to vote deadline: midnight on Monday 17 April 2023
    Register to vote
  • Postal vote deadline: 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023
    Apply to vote by post
  • Proxy vote deadline: 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023
    Find out how to vote by proxy

Further information about elections

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Telephone: 0300 300 8052
Email: electoral.registration@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk