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Notice of Conclusion of Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling

Rushcliffe Borough Council has completed a review of polling districts and polling places in accordance with the Representation of the People Act 1983.

The Council has taken into account public comments, observations and representations in reaching its decisions, and has now published a final list of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations that will come into force when the annual revised register is published on 1 December 2014.

The following documentation in relation to the review is available to view online and is also displayed in the Civic Centre, Pavilion Road, West Bridgford NG2 5FE

  • Details of the designation of polling districts and polling places within the Borough of Rushcliffe as a result of the review (Page 7 of the report) 
  • The minutes Borough Council meeting held on 25 September 2014 that considered revisions to the designation of polling districts and polling places within Rushcliffe as a result of the review and the report considered by the Council which sets out the reasons for choosing each particular polling place and polling district (including responses to public consultation).
  • All representations made by any person in connection with the review. (Page 5 of the report)
  • Correspondence sent to any person or consultee to whom the authority contacted because they had particular expertise in relation to access to premises or facilities for disabled people - Letter to consultees

Report on the Polling district and polling places review

Following the conclusion of the local authority’s review certain persons have a right to make representations to the Electoral Commission.

The Commission will only consider representations that the review process has not been conducted correctly and has failed to meet the reasonable requirements of the electors in the constituency or has failed to take sufficient account of accessibility to disabled persons of the polling stations within a polling place.

Any representations must be in writing, either by post, e-mail or fax to:

Legal Counsel, The Electoral Commission, 3 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8YZ.

Tel: 020 7271 0500

Fax: 020 7271 0505

Email: appeals@electoralcommission.org.uk

If you require any further information regarding this review telephone 0115 981 9911

Allen Graham, Returning Officer, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Civic Centre, Pavilion Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5FE

Dated 30 October 2014.

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

Under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 an authority must complete a review of its polling districts and polling places by 31 January 2015 and then at least once every 5 years.

The next scheduled review is due to commence on Monday 14 July 2014 and end on Friday 15 August 2014.

What does the review involve?

The 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 will be published with details of the review, including when and where comments or representations can be made.

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. 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.  Comments may be made by completing the submission form.

On completion of the review the council will 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 mirror that agreed for parliamentary elections.

Following a review of the Council’s electoral arrangements by the Boundary Commission for England, the existing 28 electoral wards have been abolished and replaced with 25 new electoral wards (effective for the next ordinary elections in 2015).

Maps showing the new wards will available shortly. The Acting Returning Officer’s proposals for new polling districts and polling places are available to view below.

What is a polling place?

A polling place is a geographical area in which a polling station is located.  However, 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.


What is a Polling Station?

A polling station is where the voting actually 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.

Guidelines

The following considerations will be taken into account when allocating polling districts and polling places.  Comments made during the consultation should keep these in mind.  The first two are required by electoral law and the others are best practice:

  • The council must seek to ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.
  • The Council must seek to ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable every polling place is accessible to electors who are disabled.
  • Ideally, the polling place should be in its own polling district.
  • No polling place should be shared by two wards.
  • Where possible, “natural” boundaries should be used, e.g. railways, major roads, etc.
  • All properties in a minor road or estate should, ideally, be in the same polling district.
  • Polling places should be “logical”; that is, electors, where possible, should not have to pass another polling place to get to their own.

Documents

 Acting Returning Officers Proposals

Documents

Proposed ward maps for 2015

Below are the proposed ward maps for the Borough of Rushcliffe for 2015.


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