From Thursday 4 May 2023 voters will be required to show an approved form of photographic ID in order to vote. For more information, read Voting in Person.
Follow the links to find the information you need:
- Current elections and referendums
- Previous Election Results
- Register to vote
- Voting in person
- Apply to vote by post
- Apply to vote by proxy
- Referendums and petitions
- Register of electors
- Boundary reviews
- Temporary Jobs with Electoral Services
Current Elections and Referendums
The next scheduled elections in Malvern Hills District are District and Parish Council elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.
- pdf Parish - Notice of Election (86 KB)
- pdf District - Notice of Election (65 KB)
- pdf County - Notice of Election (60 KB)
Contact Electoral Services for a full nomination pack and information about standing as a candidate at these elections. Nominations must be submitted by hand to the Returning Officer at the Council Chamber, the Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AF between 10am and 4pm on any working day (excluding bank holidays) from the publication of the Notice of Election on Monday 20 March 2023 until 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023.
Parish and Town Council Candidates
Information for Parish candidates is available from Parish council elections in England - Electoral Commission
Malvern Hills District Council Candidates
Information for District candidates is available from Local elections in England - Electoral Commission
- pdf Nomination Papers – District (331 KB)
- pdf Spending limits – district wards (180 KB)
- pdf Spending limits and donations for candidates (395 KB)
- pdf Withdrawal form - District candidates (98 KB)
County Council Candidates
Other forms for all Candidates and Agents
- pdf Count Agent Appointment Form (15 KB)
- pdf Polling Agent Appointment Form (18 KB)
- pdf Postal Vote Opening Agent Appointment Form (13 KB)
- pdf Code of Conduct for Campaigners (128 KB)
- pdf Absent Voters Request List (20 KB)
- pdf Register Request Form (19 KB)
Each year we write out to all households to check whether we have the correct people registered to vote and to ask you to inform us of any changes. This year we will be contacting residents by email and phone, as well as by post.
This means you may receive an email, phone call or letter from us asking you to check who we have registered and tell us about any changes.
Where do I vote?
Search for your nearest polling station:
Visit the 'where do I vote' website
We have provided this link to another website solely to try and help you to find information. We are not responsible for the content of other websites, which are not controlled or endorsed by us. This is because it is an external webpage. The site is supported by the Electoral Commission and we provide the data but can’t guarantee its accuracy.
Register to Vote
Register to vote on the Government's website (opens in new window). This is the fastest way of registering.
Before you do this you will need to know your national insurance number. If you do not have 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.
Please see the relevant Notice of Elections for details of the deadline for applications to be made.
Voting in Person
From Thursday 4 May 2023 voters will be required by law (Elections Act 2022) to show an approved form of photographic identification to polling station staff before being issued with a ballot paper.
If you don’t already have any of the accepted forms of photographic identification (listed below), you will be able to apply either in person, by post or online, for a Voter Authority Certificate – this is a free photographic identification document. Applications for Voter Authority Certificates can be made online at GOVUK - Voter Authority Certificates. Applications can also be made be post or in person at The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern WR14 3AF. Please contact Electoral Services 01684 862200 for further information.
The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on 25 April 2023
If you are voting as a proxy on behalf of another elector you will need to present your own ID, not the ID of the person you are voting on behalf of.
Acceptable forms of photographic identification will include:
- a passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state, or a Commonwealth country
- a driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state
- a biometric immigration document
- an identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
- a Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
- a Blue Badge
- a national identity card issued by an EEA state
- an Older Person’s Bus Pass
- a Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
- an Oyster 60+ Card
- a Freedom Pass
- a Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
- a 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
- a Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
- a Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- a Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- a War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- a 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- a Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- an Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
Unacceptable forms of ID
- ID which does not include a photo, eg. paper driving licences
- Workplace ID cards (including those issued by the NHS and local councils)
- Student cards issued by schools, colleges, or universities (except cards bearing a PASS accreditation hologram)
- Photos or copies of ID shown on a mobile phone
If your photographic identification document has expired it will still be accepted so long as the photograph is still a good likeness of you, unless it is a temporary Voter Authority Certificate which is not valid for use on the date of poll.
You may be required to provide further proof of identity if there is any discrepancy between your name as shown on your form of photographic identification and the name of the elector or proxy that you claim to be.
The requirement to show photo ID does not apply to postal voters.
The requirement to show photo ID will be in force from 5th October 2023 for UK Parliamentary General Elections.
Voting by Post
Voting by post allows you to vote at home without needing to visit a polling station. Before each election we will send your ballot paper to you in the post with a form to complete with your date of birth and signature.
pdf You can register for a postal vote by completing a postal vote application form. (14 KB)
You can register for a one-off proxy vote (appointing someone to vote on your behalf). pdf Complete a proxy vote application form. (102 KB)
To apply for permanent proxy vote (on grounds of employment, education or disability), please complete a permanent proxy vote application form (opens in new window)
The deadline to apply to vote by proxy is normally 6 working days before an election. However, in some circumstances emergency proxy voting is also available. Further information about voting by emergency proxy, including application forms. Download application forms from the electoral commission website (opens in new window). Please contact us for further information and guidance about voting by Emergency Proxy.
The Local Government Act 2011 requires the Council to publish a verification number 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.
pdf View verification number notice 2023. (10 KB)
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 2023, is 3126.
This is the minimum number of signatures needed to support any petitions to the council submitted between 1 April 2023 and before 31 March 2024.
A new number will be published in February 2024 and if the number is less than 3126 then the new number will apply from the date published.
Register of Electors
The Register of Electors contains the names and addresses of everyone living in the district who are eligible to vote (British, Commonwealth and citizens of other European Union Members States). In order to vote your name must be on the Register of Electors for the area in which you live.
The information contained within the Register can only be used for certain purposes such as elections, law enforcement and credit referencing.
The Boundary Commission for England is currently reviewing parliamentary constituency boundaries in England.
No changes are currently proposed to the West Worcestershire Parliamentary Constituency.
Read more about the review of parliamentary constituencies in England
The Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBCE) recently completed their review of the district wards in Malvern Hills. The review looked at the number of councillors, the number of electors represented by each councillor and the size and boundaries of each ward. The LGBCE have reduced the number of councillors on the district council from 38 to 31, the number of wards has been reduced from 22 to 18. The warding pattern of Malvern Town Council has also changed. Further information about the review can be found at Malvern Hills | Local Government Boundary Commission of England Site (LGBCE).
As a result of the LGBCE’s review, the (Acting) Returning Officer reviewed the suitability of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations. Following the public consultation and review, changes have been made to polling districts, places, and stations to reflect the new ward boundaries and to ensure polling stations are accessible and convenient. Voters will be informed of any changes before the May 2023 elections. For further information please contact the Elections Team.