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
Malvern Hills Trust Elections - 31 October 2019
There will be a briefing for prospective candidates to find out more about the election process on Monday 16 September at 6.30pm at Manor House, Grange Road, WR14 3EY.
More information relating to the election will be posted on the Trust’s website: https://www.malvernhills.org.uk/
Canvass of electors
We have started sending letters out to households across the district as part of the canvass of electors which we are required to carry out every year. This will help us ensure the electoral register is up to date.
The letter will be in a brown envelope addressed to the occupier and contain a form with details we hold about who is registered to vote at that address.
Someone needs to check the details and either confirm they are correct or amend them and let us know.
If details on the form are correct you can confirm using text, phone, online or post. Information on how to do this is contained within the letter.
If details need to be changed or someone is not registered you can let us know online or by post.
If you’re not currently registered, the easiest way is to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you a form to register by post. In any case, you still need to add your name to the form to let us know you would like to register at this property.
You are legally required to respond to the canvass of electors. If you don’t then reminders will be sent to you and you may eventually be visited at your home by one of our canvassers. If you do not respond at all then you could be fined.
If you have any queries at all then please contact us using the number at the bottom of this page.
Polling Place Review
We are currently carrying out a review of Polling Districts and Places, in accordance with Section 17 of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013.
The purpose of the review is to ensure we are providing reasonable facilities for voting and that polling stations are accessible to all electors.
We want to hear your feedback on the polling district and polling places proposals.
Following an initial consultation following recent elections, the Acting Returning Officer has prepared a summary document outlining the proposed changes to polling districts and polling places here (changes are highlighted in bold).
Detailed rationale and maps can be downloaded for the wards with changes:
To see the full detail and survey responses for all wards, download this document.
If you would like to comment on the proposals please contact us by using following methods:
Write to us at: Electoral Services, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AF.
The deadline for the receipt of comments is Friday 20th September.
What happens next?
Once the Acting Returning Officer has considered all comments received in response to proposals, a report containing the final proposals will be submitted for consideration at an Executive Committee in October 2019. Any agreed changes will take effect from 1 December 2019 in time for the next scheduled elections on 2 May 2020.
Register to vote
Click here for information on how to register to vote and apply for postal and proxy votes.
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.
The minimum number, equal to 5 per cent of the local government electors for Malvern Hills District Council shown in the revised register published at 15 February 2019, is 2975.
This is the minimum number of signatures needed to support any petitions to the council submitted between 31 March 2019 and before 1 April 2020.
A new number will be published in February 2020 and if the number is less than 2975 then the new number will apply from the date published.