Five-yearly review of all polling districts, polling places and polling stations. 15 July to 23 September 2019.

Overview

In accordance with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, Herefordshire Council is required to complete a full review of all polling districts, polling places and polling stations every five years. The review must be held within a 16 month period between 1 October 2018 and 31 January 2020 with a public consultation forming part of that review.

View the notice of review

Background

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 introduced a change to the timing of compulsory reviews of UK Parliamentary polling districts and polling places. The last such review in Herefordshire was undertaken in February 2014 from which the results were agreed by full council in September 2014 and new electoral arrangements were implemented for 7 May 2015.

A review of polling places offers an opportunity to take account of known future changes, for example, where buildings have ceased or will cease to be capable of being used as polling stations and more suitable buildings that are, or are due to become, available.

The proposals made in this review involve changes to various polling places located throughout the county. This review is undertaken under section 18C(5) of the Representation of the People Act 1983 which allows the council to carry out at any time a review of a particular polling district or polling place. While the pattern of provision will never be ideal to suit all electors, the proposals try to maximise convenience by using the best locations.

Definition of terms

  • A 'polling district' is a geographical subdivision of an electoral area such as a district ward within which a polling place is designated
  • A 'polling place' is defined as the building or area in which a polling station will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer
  • A 'polling station' is the room or area within a polling place where voting takes place. Unlike polling districts and polling places which are fixed by the local authority, polling stations are chosen by the (Acting) Returning Officer

The review requires the council to:

  • Seek to ensure that all electors in a constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances
  • Seek to ensure that every polling place they are responsible for are accessible to all electors, and when considering the designation of a polling place, must have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons
  • Seek to ensure that polling places are within their polling district unless special circumstances make it desirable to designate an area outside the polling district

The (Acting) Returning Officer is required to decide how many polling stations are needed for each polling place and to allocate electors to the polling stations in such a manner he thinks most convenient. It is important to note that the review does not affect ward or constituency boundaries, but is instead about the location people cast their vote.

Herefordshire Council is keen to receive representations from any interested individual, group or organisation, particularly those with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability, on alterations to current electoral arrangements. Representations should, wherever possible, include suggested alternative premises which may be used for polling purposes. Any elector within the authority or within the North Herefordshire or Hereford and South Herefordshire parliamentary constituencies may make a representation.

The review and where to send your comments

The proposals document contains the changes proposed in the review plus any additional comments or information which is necessary to include to support these changes. Comments are sought from local electors and interested organisations about these proposals.

Comment on the review

Alternatively, you can email your comments to elections@herefordshire.gov.uk or post them to Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PJ.

What happens next?

This consultation runs from Monday 15 July until Monday 23 September 2019.

Final recommendations, taking into account the (Acting) Returning Officer’s comments and representations made during the consultation period, will be made in a report to full council in October 2019.

You can use our postcode checker to find your councillor and see other information including your polling station and polling district boundary.

Published: Tuesday, 2nd July 2019