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
No current information
Could you be our next councillor?
Do you think the local park could be improved? Maybe you want a greater say on planning matters? Then why not become a councillor?
In May 2019 Malvern Hills District Council will be electing a whole new council with all 38 seats being contested. Many parish and town councils will also be holding elections. So if there’s something you believe should be changed in your neighbourhood then maybe you are the person to do something about it?
We will update this page with further information over the coming months. Nomination forms will be available early next year.
Below some of our existing councillors explain why they became a councillor:
Cllr Hannah Campbell, Conservative Party: “I’ve been a councillor since I was 20 after becoming inspired by a campaign I was involved in for better youth facilities and also supporting my mum who is also a councillor. My full-time job takes me all over the country so it can be challenging fitting in your council commitments but if you really believe in something then you make it work (a lot of coffee also helps) Plus, knowing you are truly making a difference to your community is very rewarding.”
Cllr Mick Davies, Independent councillor: “I started at parish council level due to some speculative new housing proposals then stood for the district council to ensure Morton residents had an influential voice. I passionately believe party politics has no place in local government and am proud to be an independent councillor. Although I’m retired, council work still takes up a lot of time but I try and prioritise those things that will have a positive, practical outcome. I hope I’ve inspired people to do something rather than just complain.”
Cllr Caroline Bovey, Liberal Democrat: “I wanted to get involved in the decision-making process and felt I couldn’t complain unless I was willing to try and change things. Being a councillor does take up a big part of your life but it is extremely rewarding. The best part is helping people sort out issues they wouldn’t otherwise be able to deal with and when you can resolve something that matters to them you know you’ve made a difference to their lives.”
Cllr Chris Reed, Green Party: “I've always had an interest in politics and a passion for tackling inequalities. I haven't found it easy to balance councillor duties with full-time work, being a supportive dad and husband as well as my running but I've done my best. It is rewarding when you feel you've made a difference and for me, setting-up Malvern Soup and supporting development of youth services have been highlights. I think it's important councillors don't all look and sound the same.”
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 Malvern Hills District Council shown in the revised register published at 15 February 2018, is 2957.
This is the minimum number of signatures needed to support any petitions to the council submitted between 31 March 2018 and before 1 April 2019.
A new number will be published in February 2019 and if the number is less than 2957 then the new number will apply from the date published.