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
Broadwas and Cotheridge Neighbourhood Planning Referendum - 1st August 2019
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. To inform the proposals we would like to hear about your most recent experiences of using a polling station at the May 2019 elections. The deadline for responding to this survey is Friday 19 July. The survey can be accessed here.
You can find your current polling station here.
Alternatively you send us your views by writing to: Electoral Services, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AF.
The proposals will be posted on this page in August and another survey will be available so that you can comment on the proposals.
A polling district is a smaller part of an electoral area. They can be thought of as the building blocks from which different council wards and parliamentary constituencies are built from. A polling district cannot be shared between two electoral areas - such as a parish.
A polling place is the building or area in which the polling stations will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer
A polling station is the room or building where voting takes place.
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.