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Interim Review of polling districts, polling places and polling station 2016

Interim Review of polling districts, polling places and polling station 2016

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013

As part of the above Act the Council is undertaking an interim review of all polling districts and polling places. This follows changes to the electoral divisions for Lincolnshire County Council made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England published in August 2016.   A summary and full copy of the report is available on the Local Government Boundary Commission website. An interactive map of final recommendations is also available.

A copy of the Notice of Review can be downloaded.

The Review aims to ensure that all electors have reasonable facilities for voting and to ensure, so far as possible, the polling places are accessible to disabled electors. Ideally there would be a choice of a range of fully accessible buildings, conveniently located for the electors in the area.  However, in reality this is not always the case and in some instances there is little or no choice available.

The Returning Officer has published his proposals which are available from the download tab.  The formal consultation period commences on 26 September 2016 and ends on Friday 21 October 2016.  The review will be completed in November 2016

Notes:

The review does not affect the boundaries of the 26 district wards within the District of North Kesteven (which can only be done by statute), or the boundaries of the Sleaford & North Hykeham or the Lincoln Parliamentary Constituencies (this is a separate review being undertaken by the Boundary Commission for England and details can be viewed on www.bce2018.org.uk.

The District Council completed a compulsory review of all polling districts and polling places in 2014.

Who can respond?

We are seeking feedback and comments from interested persons on the proposed changes to polling districts or polling places as set out in appendix A.  Local political parties and Councillors will also be consulted and views are invited from local residents as well as local community groups and anyone having particular expertise in relation to access to premises or facilities for persons who have different forms of disability. 

How to respond?

You are now invited to make written representations on the Returning Officer’s proposals no later than Friday 21 October 2016 either by emailing elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk or you may wish to respond in writing to

Chief Executive
C/O Democratic Services (Polling Review)
North Kesteven District Council
Council Offices
Kesteven Street
Sleaford
NG34 7EF

Representations on the Returning Officer’s proposals will be open for public inspection and will be taken into account when the final report is prepared for resolution by the full Council at their meeting on 15 November 2016.

Definition of Terms relating to the Review

Parliamentary Constituency

The area designated by the Boundary Commission which is represented by a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons.  This cannot be changed by the review.

Wards

The District is divided into areas known as “Wards” which are represented by District Councillors.  Ward boundaries cannot be changed by this review – it is the division of wards into polling districts and polling places that is under review.

Polling Districts

A polling district is the area created by the separation of a ward into smaller parts, within which a polling place can be determined that is most suitable for the electors.

Polling Places

A polling place is the building or area in which the polling stations will be selected by the Acting Returning Officer.

Polling Station

A polling station is the room or area in which voting takes place. This must be located within the polling place that has been designated for the particular polling district.  In some cases there is more than one polling station within a polling place, dependent upon how many people vote there.

Selecting Polling Stations

The principal factor for selecting polling stations is the suitability within a district for the majority of the electorate and the decision for this is made by the Returning Officer.