Polling review

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In accordance with theReview of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006 , we are conducting a review of all polling districts and polling placesin the districts parliamentary constituencies.

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2018

Terms of Reference 1 October 2018

A review of parliamentary polling districts, polling places and polling stations within the local authority area of East Hampshire under the Representation of the Peoples Act 1983 (as amended) and the Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006 (as amended)

1. Polling place review information

1.1 Introduction

The Electoral Administration Act 2006 requires local authorities to review their parliamentary polling districts, polling places and polling stations at least once every four years. At the same time the polling arrangements for local elections can also be considered as they are identical to the parliamentary framework. Following the current review, the next review in East Hampshire will be due to take place in 2018.

1.2 Glossary of terms

Polling district – a sub-division of an electoral area, such as a parliamentary constituency, into smaller parts. A polling district cannot be shared between two electoral areas, such as two parishes.

Polling place – a designated area for a polling district into which polling stations are located. In the majority of cases the polling place should be placed within the borders of its polling district. A polling place can be as specific as a designated building, or as wide as the entire polling district.

Polling station – a room or facility within a polling place where voting is conducted.

2. Review terms of reference

2.1 Aims of the review

In conducting this review, the Council must seek to ensure that:-

  • All electors in the constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances;
  • Polling places must contain buildings that are suitable for use as a polling station by all sections of the community;
  • So far as is reasonable and practicable, all polling stations are accessible to all electors, including people with disabilities;
  • Polling places must be located in an area of the corresponding polling district unless special circumstances make it desirable to designate an area that its wholly or partly outside of the polling district.

2.2 Review Timetable

Date Review Outline
1 Oct Publication of Notice of Review Publication of notice of review
1 Oct – 31 Oct 2018 Consultation Period Representations required from Acting Returning Officers for parliamentary constituencies. Stakeholders and electors within the local authority area can also make representations.
1 Oct – 9 Nov 2018 Evaluation Evaluation of all submissions received
22 Nov 2018 Executive director board Report to exec board
23 Nov – 14 Dec 2018 Publication of Draft recommendations For comment prior to consideration by council
17 Jan 2019 Full Council Consideration of report and recommendations by council

2.3 Consultation

Before making any decisions the District Council will take full account of the views of local people and identified stakeholders. Information relating to the review will be available on the District Council’s website, and relevant documents will be on deposit at the District Council’s offices.

Written representations pertaining to the review can be made using the following methods:

  • By email
  • In writing to: Electoral Services, East Hampshire District Council, Penns Place, Petersfield, Hants Gu31 4EX

Questions or clarifications related to the review process may be directed to the same address.