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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 on Monday 12 August 2019. This will commence the public consultation which will end on Monday 7 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

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PollingReview19/

To make a submission as part of the consultation period, complete our online survey by Monday 7 October 2019. To view the consultation report, click on the link above.

 

To support your submission, an interactive map and supporting poling district document have been produced.

 

 Timetable of the Review

 

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 7 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

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