Today is Election Day!

May 4, 2023 7:00 AM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Ballot boxPolls have now opened for elections for the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Borough Councillors, Town and Parish Councillors. You can vote until 10pm.

Please support our Liberal Democrat candidates - you can see a full list at

We are ambitious for Bedford Borough and you can read our manifesto at

For the first time the government has decided you will need to present photographic identification to be able to vote. The following documents will be accepted as long as poll workers think the photo is a good enough likeness:

  • 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)
  • 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 Voter Authority Certificate or a temporary Voter Authority Certificate

You can find a full list of valid ID at

The Government has also changed the electoral system for the Mayoral election. You now only have one vote, instead of two. The election for Mayor is between me and the Conservative candidate, Labour came a poor third last time and the Greens were even further back in fourth place, a vote for anyone other than Mayor Dave will only help the Conservatives.

Once you have voted you can let us know at

If you have any questions, including the address of your Polling Station, please contact the Council on 01234 718078.