Have your Say - Consultation on Polling Districts and Polling Places/Stations

Have your Say - Consultation on Polling Districts and Polling Places/Stations

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 requires the Council to undertake a review of polling districts and polling places/stations. The last review was completed in 2011 and a new review commenced on Monday 11th August 2014 with the publication of the Notice of Review.

Explanation of terms used in the review

A polling district is a geographical area created by the sub-division of a constituency or ward into smaller parts.

For voting purposes, each parliamentary constituency and every local government ward is divided into one or more polling districts. Wherever possible the polling district for local government elections mirror those agreed for parliamentary elections.

Southend has 17 Borough wards divided into polling districts, which vary in size and population.

A map has been produced showing the polling districts and can be viewed at the Civic Offices during normal office hours by contacting the Democratic Services Team (Tel: 01702 215154) or downloading it here.

(The boundaries of the parliamentary constituencies and the names and boundaries of the Borough wards are not covered by the review).

A polling place is an area within a polling district in which a polling station is located. There is no legal definition of a polling place which could be as large as a polling district or as small as a particular building. It is accepted as good practice to define a polling place as the building in which a polling station is located.

A polling station is the actual room or part of a building where voting takes place. So for example, where voting takes place at a church hall, the polling station is the room in which the voting happens, the polling place is the building in which the room is situated and the polling district is the wider area within which the building is located.

When deciding which buildings to use as polling stations, the Council must make sure that they are located as conveniently as possible for the majority of electors and are accessible, particularly for anyone with a disability.

The review process

The Council is consulting widely on the review and any elector in the local parliamentary constituencies, within the Borough of Southend-on-Sea, may make representations in relation to the size and boundaries of polling districts and the location and suitability of polling places/polling stations. The Council will also be inviting representations from councillors, political parties and indeed any person or body with expertise in access for persons with a disability.

The initial consultation period ran from 11th August to 15th September 2014. All the representations received have now been considered by the Returning Officer, who has produced his report setting his proposals. His report can be accessed here and any comments on the proposals must be received by no later than Friday 31st October 2014. by emailing pollingreview@southend.gov.uk or in writing to Democratic Services at the following address:

Democratic Services
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Civic Centre
Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
Essex SS2 6ER

The Council’s General Purposes Committee will decide on the final polling arrangements which will take effect from 1st December 2014 when the Register of Electors is published.

Page last updated: 08/10/2014