Review of polling districts and places
Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 Harlow Council must carry out a review of polling districts and polling places.
Interim review of polling stations 2015
- Cabinet report 10 December 2015 - Interim review of polling districts and polling places 2015 (pdf)
- Notice of Interim review of polling stations 2015
The 2014 review consultation is closed. The findings and decisions are available under downloads.
What does the review involve?
This review must be carried out to make sure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances. On commencing the review a notice must be published with details of the review, including when and where comments or representations can be made in relation to the review.
Any elector in the constituency may make a representation in relation to the size and boundaries of polling districts and the location and suitability of polling places and polling stations. The Council also welcomes comments or representations from any Councillors in the area, past or potential candidates, local political parties and indeed any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.
On completion of the review the authority must publish all correspondence sent and received, details of the results of the review including any issues raised and indeed any changes which have been approved, giving the reasons for its decisions.
What is a polling district?
A polling district is a geographical sub-division of an electoral area. For voting purposes, each Parliamentary constituency and every local government ward is divided into one or more polling districts. Wherever possible the polling districts for local government elections must mirror that agreed for parliamentary elections.
What is a polling place?
A polling place is a geographical area in which a polling station is located. However as there is no legal definition of what a polling place is, it could be as large as the polling district or as small as a particular building. Currently in Harlow all polling places are the actual buildings that are used as the polling stations. In many other Council areas polling places are designated as the whole of the polling district.
What is a polling station?
A polling station is the actual area (room) where the voting takes place and must be located within the polling place designated for the particular polling district. You can have more than one polling station in a polling place.
When deciding which buildings to use as polling stations, the Council tries to make sure that they are located as conveniently as possible for the majority of electors and that they are accessible to everyone, particularly anyone with a disability. Thought must be given, for example, to the distance people have to travel to vote and any barriers to them getting there, such as major roads or rivers.