Polling District and Polling Places Review

Wychavon District Council has a duty to review of polling districts and polling places according to Electoral Administration Act 2006.

This is a statutory requirement for and will be carried out every 5 years.

The last review took place in 2014.

Councillors, local political parties, residents and views from such persons who have particular expertise in relation to access to premises views are invited to submit their representations.

Polling districts are the areas allocated to a polling place/polling station.  Polling districts form the building blocks of the wards, electoral areas and constituencies, and any changes can only be made within these boundaries.

A review will not affect ward boundaries. Each parish in England must be in a separate polling district. A summary of current electoral arrangements and polling stations is available to download and maps of current boundaries can be inspected by contacting the Electoral Services Officer at the Civic Centre, Pershore.

Whilst conducting the 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.
  • Seek to ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable, the polling places we are responsible for are accessible to all electors, including those who are disabled, and when considering the designation of a polling place, must have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons.
  • Outcome of last review.
  • Current polling places.

Upon the publication of the final arrangements the following are, by law, entitled to appeal direct to the Electoral Commission within a period of six weeks.

These are:

  • Groups of no less than 30 electors in a constituency who have not previously made representations.
  • An elector who has previously made representations during the Review.
  • A person who is not an elector in the area but who the Commission decides has expertise in access to premise or facilities for disabled people.

All representations to the Electoral Commission must be in writing. They must be based on the grounds that the Council has not properly conducted the review because it has either failed to meet the reasonable requirements of electors, and/or taken insufficient account of accessibility for disabled people to the polling places within a polling district.