Bedford Borough Council

Register to vote at Borough libraries

News   •   Oct 04, 2012 14:43 BST

Libraries across Bedford Borough are joining forces with the Council’s elections team to make it even easier to get yourself registered to vote.


This November elections are taking place to elect the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire. To have you say you must be registered to vote. You need to register every year but if you haven’t already there is still time.


You can now register at libraries in the Borough by completing and handing in the voter registration form issued to your household earlier this summer or by going online using the libraries internet accessible computers. You can reply using our on-line service ( and select whether the details are the same or whether you need to make changes. Staff will also be on hand to help answer any queries about the forms.


You can still register from home by updating the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and returning it as soon as possible. You can also use our freephone service 0800 025 3142 where there has been no change.


On their electoral registration form residents can opt to have their details excluded from the edited register. This will mean your details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations.


Not only does not registering mean you won’t be able to vote but it could also affect your credit rating. Also, under the law these forms must be returned each year, whether residents intend to vote or not. Failure to return the form could lead to a fine of up to £1,000. 


For more information, contact the local Electoral Services Office on 01234 276922.

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