A poll takes place as a result of a parish or community meeting and its purpose is to ascertain whether the opinion of the meeting reflects that of the majority of electors in the parish. Polls can be held in respect of a particular question or in relation to an appointment of office. It is important to note that the result is in no way binding on the parish. The provisions for parish polls are contained in Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).
- What is a Parish Poll?
It is a poll requested by the parishioners of an electoral area to obtain the opinion of electors on a particular question(s) or appointment of office.
- Who can request a Poll?
Either ten electors or one third of electors present and voting at the parish meeting.
- How will I know when a Parish Poll is taking place?
A notice will be displayed in the parish not less than five days before the Poll.
- Will I receive a Poll card?
No – there are no provisions in the Regulations for poll cards to be issued.
- What time is the polling station open?
Polling stations will be open from 4pm until 9pm on the day of the Poll.
- Can I vote by post or proxy?
No – there are no provisions in the Regulations for the issue of postal votes or the appointment of proxies. All electors must vote in person at the polling station.
- How do I vote?
You will be given a ballot paper at the polling station which has a question on it. You will be asked to vote yes or no by marking an ‘x’ in the relevant box.
- What happens after the Poll?
A Parish Poll is carried out to merely to obtain the opinion of the parish and the result is not legally binding on the Parish or Town Council.
- Where will the results be displayed?
The results will be posted on the District Council website and the Parish council website where available. The results will also be posted on the District and Parish Councils' notice boards.
- Who pays for the Parish Poll?
North Kesteven District Council will recharge the relevant Parish or Town Council under Section 150 (2 and 7) of the Local Government Act 1972.