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Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 required local authorities to complete a review of their polling districts and polling places by 31 January 2015. The Act also requires authorities to do a subsequent review at least once every five years.

The next scheduled review in Gedling is due to begin on Monday 5 August 2019 and end on Monday 7 October 2019.

The aim of the review is to ensure that all electors have reasonable access to a polling station and that the buildings which we use have facilities to cater for people that have different types of disability.

While polling district boundaries and polling places can be changed by the Council, Ward, County and Parish electoral boundaries can only be changed by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Parliamentary electoral boundaries can only be changed by the Boundary Commission for England.

Comments from electors, members and other interested parties are welcome, including any person or organisation with a particular interest or expertise about access premises or facilities for those with different forms of disability. 

Definitions

A Polling District is a geographical area created by the sub-division of a constituency, ward or division into smaller parts.

A Polling Place is the building or area in which polling stations will be, selected by the Returning Officer.

A Polling Station is the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place. There may be more than one Polling Station in a Polling Place and this is decided by the Returning Officer for the election.

Guidelines

The following considerations will be taken into account when allocating polling districts and polling places. Comments made during the consultation should keep these in mind. The first two are required by electoral law and the others are best practice:

  • The council must seek to ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.
  • The Council must seek to ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable every polling place is accessible to electors who are disabled.
  • Ideally, the polling place should be in its own polling district.
  • No polling place should be shared by two wards.
  • Where possible, “natural” boundaries should be used, e.g. railways, major roads, etc.
  • All properties in a minor road or estate should, ideally, be in the same polling district.

To respond to the consultation please send any comments to elections@gedling.gov.uk

or write to us at: Electoral Services, Gedling Borough Council, Civic Centre, Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 6LU

Documents

Notice of Review

Current polling districts and places

Interactive map of current polling places and polling districts

Acting Returning Officer’s Proposals