Voting and Elections
Our Electoral Services team is responsible for:
- Organising all types of elections and referendums within Malvern Hills District.
- Compiling and maintaining the Register of Electors.
- Dealing with monthly registrations to be included on the register and applications to vote by post.
- Boundary and community governance reviews and electoral arrangements.
- Promoting participation in our democratic processes.
Current Elections and referendums
Martley, Knightwick & Doddenham Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
A referendum has been called on the neighbourhood plan for the Martley, Knightwick & Doddenham Neighbourhood Plan Area. The poll takes place on Thursday, 30 November 2017.
Voters will be asked the question: "Do you want Malvern Hills District Council to use the Martley, Knightwick and Doddenham Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?”
Click here for more information on the Martley, Knightwick & Doddenham Neighbourhood Plan.
General information about Neighbourhood Planning, how it fits into the planning system and referendums can be found here.
Register to vote
The fastest way to register to vote is online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Important: you will need your national insurance number in order to register. If you have not got a national insurance number, or have lost it, please contact 01684 862200.
Usually within three to six weeks of the Electoral Registration Officer receiving your application your name will be added to the Register of Electors as long as your details can be correctly verified.
We will write and confirm that your name has been added to the Register.
During an election period there is a special deadline by which names can be added to the register.
You can register for a postal vote by completing a postal vote registration form and returning it by post or email attachment.
You can register for a proxy vote (this means appointing someone to vote on your behalf) by completing a proxy vote registration form and returning it by post or email attachment.
What is a petition for a change to a different form of governance?
The council can be petitioned to hold a referendum on whether our district should change to a different form of governance.
The Local Government Act 2000 requires the Council to publish a notice which sets out the minimum number of signatures which would be needed to support a valid petition requiring the council to hold a referendum on whether the district should change to a different form of governance.
Minimum number of signatures to support a valid petition
The minimum number, equal to 5 per cent of the local government electors for the county of Worcestershire shown in the revised registers published at 15 February, is 4862.
This is the minimum number of signatures needed to support any petitions to the council submitted between 31 March and before 1 April.
The above number will be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted to the district council before 1 April 2017.
A new number will be published in February 2018 and if the number is less than 4862 then the new number will apply from the date published.