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Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2019

Stroud District Council is carrying out a Polling District and Polling Places review pursuant to the provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 and other relevant statutory provisions.

Under the Representation of the People Act and The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 requires the Acting Returning Officer to undertake a review of the UK Parliamentary polling districts and polling places within the Stroud District by 31 January 2020.

The Acting Returning Officer must comment on existing polling districts and places as well as any new recommendations that are being considered.

The review will formally start Monday 12 August 2019. This will commence the public consultation which will end on Monday 14 October 2019. Once concluded, final proposals will be collated and considered by Full Council on Thursday 19 December 2019. If agreed the amendments will come into effect when the revised electoral register is published on Saturday 1 February 2020.


Neither the boundaries for parliamentary constituencies nor local ward boundaries can be amended as part of this review.


Definitions

  • A 'polling district' is a geographical area created by the sub-division of a UK Parliamentary Constituency. All electors within the polling district will attend the same voting place (unless a postal vote is in place).
  • A 'polling place' is the building or area in which a polling station will be provided by the Acting Returning Officer Unless special circumstances mean this is not possible).
  • A 'polling station' is the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place during an election e.g. a room in a village hall.

The Electoral Commission has guided that no polling station can have more than 2,500 voters assigned to it that intend to vote in person at the polling station. This does not mean that the polling district cannot be more than this but if so, the polling place and station must be split into multiple polling stations (i.e. become a double station) and therefore be able to accompany the extra equipment required for this (e.g. polling booths) and consider issues of parking for electors.

 

Polling District Review Documents

Have your say

The consultation period has now closed for the proposed changes in the polling district and place consultation report. The last day to submit responses was Monday 14 October 2019. 

interactive map and supporting polling district document have been produced.

 

 Timetable

 

Notice of Review (commencement of consultation)

Monday 12 August 2019

Acting Returning Officers representations to be published

Monday 12 August 2019

End of the consultation period

Monday 14 October 2019

Consideration of all representations

October-November

Publication of the revised register (using old polling districts)

Sunday 1 December 2019

Report submitted to Council

Thursday 19 December 2019

Final proposals published (subject to Council approval)

Monday 23 December 2019

Re-publication of the revised register (using new polling districts)

Saturday 1 February 2020

Revised arrangements come into force

May 2020

Further information

How to make a submission

Stroud District Council invites the views from all interested parties in relation to the designation of polling districts, polling places and polling stations. In particular, we wish to hear from any individuals or groups/organisations that have specific expertise in access for persons with disabilities.

When making representations please provide any relevant information you can about your current polling place or station, include information on the following:

  • How convenient (or not) the location is in relation to where you live;
  • If the parking is adequate;
  • If there is any accessibility issues for disabled persons and/or persons who use a wheelchair;
  • How suitable overall the polling place or station is for voting.


Please also indicate if there are any other suitable premises that could be used taking into consideration the legislative guidelines listed in the induction.


Representations must have been received by Monday 14 October 2019 or they will not be considered as part of the polling district review.

 

If you would prefer to make your representation in writing, please do so by writing to:

Polling District Review
Electoral Services
Ebley Mill
Ebley Wharf
Stroud
GL5 4UB


Or alternatively email elections@stroud.gov.uk and ensure to include your name and address in the body of the email.

 

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