Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places & Polling Stations 2019

Under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, all local authorities have to undertake a review of all polling districts and polling places every 5 years. This does not prevent changes being made at any time prior to the next review.

Icon for pdf Notice of Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places [214.33KB]

The aim of the review is to ensure:

  • electors in the constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances
  • as far as is reasonable and practicable, the polling places they are responsible for are accessible to all electors and when considering the designation of a polling place, must have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons

Explanation of terms used in the review

• A 'Polling District' is a geographical subdivision of an electoral area such as a County Division or District Ward within which a Polling Place is designated.

• A 'Polling Place' is an area or building in which a Polling Station is located and can be a complete Polling District.

• A 'Polling Station' is an area within the Polling Place where voting takes place, eg a room in a community centre.

• Polling Districts can be created as an electoral requirement but also as a means to provide a more conveniently located Polling Station for the electorate.

 

How is the review conducted?

The Acting Returning Officer (ARO) has been consulted on the current polling arrangements and the ARO's proposals can be viewed Icon for pdf here. [554.86KB] Changes to the current polling arrangements will be presented to a full meeting of Council on Thursday 31 October 2019 for agreement.

An interactive map of the current and proposed arrangements can be found here. Please open the Council & Democracy layer on the page to view more information.

The interactive map should be read in conjunction with the ARO's proposals above.

The Electoral Commission Guidance can be found Icon for pdf here. [388.21KB]

 

How do I take part?

You can submit comments on your current polling districts, polling places and polling stations from Thursday 1 August 2019.

The deadline for feedback is before midnight on Wednesday 11 September 2019.

Details of the current polling stations can be found here

The council welcomes views or comments from electors and any persons with expertise in access to premises or facilities for persons with any type of disability. Representations will be sought from the local political parties, district members, county councillors and parish councils. Comments may relate to existing or proposed arrangements, representations where possible should offer suggestions to alternative places that may be used.

It would be helpful if you could provide as much relevant information as you can about your polling district/place/station including:

  • how convenient the location is in relation to where you live
  • whether there is adequate parking
  • what access is available for disabled and/or wheelchair users
  • how suitable overall it is for voting

Comments can be made in the following ways:

Comment Online

Email us: elections@breckland.gov.uk

Write to us:

Electoral Services

Breckland Council

Elizabeth House

Walpole Loke

Dereham

Norfolk

NR19 1GX

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England conducted an electoral review of Breckland in 2014, more information can be viewed here.

Last updated: 01/08/2019 09:10:23