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Polling stations and places review 2019

teal bullet  Councils have been required by law to review the polling districts and polling places within their areas at least every five years. The last review concluded in 2014 and the current compulsory review needs to be completed by the end of 2019 in order to be in place for elections in 2020. Any changes to polling districts and polling places will take effect with the publication of the Electoral Register in December 2019.

Our General Purposes & Licensing Committee has set up a five member Working Party to undertake detailed work relating to the review and to submit recommendations to the Committee.

We have released an teal bullet  official notice of reviewand you can see further details of the review by following the links at the bottom of the page. We also welcome comment, follow the link to find out how you can have your say.

To assist, the following is a brief resume of what is being reviewed:

teal bullet  A "polling district" is a geographical area created by a sub-division of a UK Parliamentary constituency for the purposes of a UK Parliamentary Election.

teal bullet  A "polling place" is a building or area in which the polling station is located. It can be defined as the entire polling district or as tightly as a particular building.

teal bullet  A "polling station" is the room or area where the process of voting takes place and must be located within the polling place designated for the particular polling district. Polling stations are allocated by the Returning Officer.

The factors required to be addressed as part of the review are:

teal bullet  To ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances;

teal bullet  To ensure that, as far as is reasonable and practicable, every polling place is accessible to electors who are disabled ;and

teal bullet  The polling place for a polling district must be within the polling district unless special circumstances make it desirable to designate an area outside of polling district.

Bob Jackson in his dual roles of Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer does not propose any major changes to the polling districts and will continue the practice in the authority of designating the whole of the polling district as a polling place. It is the responsibility of the Returning Officer to designate the individual polling stations for each election. Designating the whole of the polling district as the polling place gives flexibility in the event of a particular polling station not being available especially when by-elections are called at short notice.

We try to use the same polling stations in order to provide continuity for voters but sometimes a change is unavoidable. All members of the District Council are being consulted together with disability groups and MPS.

Other Documents and Appendices

teal bullet  Official Notice of Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations
teal bullet  Plan of current polling districts and identifiers
teal bullet  Schedule of all polling stations with returning officer's comments
teal bullet  Have your say

Updated: 9 Jul 2019
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