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Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

Making sure voting is accessible, convenient and in suitable facilities

Under the Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006 and the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Section 17), all local authorities are required to review their polling districts, polling places, and polling stations every five years. The review period starts in October, and each authority may choose the exact dates and length of their review; however, it must fall within a 16 month period.

The purpose of reviewing polling districts and polling places is to try and make sure that our voting facilities are as convenient, suitable and accessible as possible for everyone who uses them.

 The review covers:

  • polling districts - areas created when constituencies (for general elections) or wards (for local elections) are split into smaller parts to allow people to vote in a convenient way
  • polling places - the location, normally the buildings, in which polling stations are sited within the polling districts

Please note: The review does not cover the changing of ward or constituency boundaries or names, which are the responsibility of the Local Government Boundary Commission (for wards) and the Parliamentary Boundary Commission (for constituencies).

Polling Review 2018

The last polling review took place in September 2018 and the report was approved at the Full Council meeting on 5 March 2019.

The Polling District Review Notice was displayed at the Market Street Offices during office hours whilst the review took place.

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