Review of Polling Districts 2014

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 introduced a new provision requiring the Highland Council to reviews its Scheme of Polling Districts and Polling Places during a compulsory review period of 16 months beginning with1October 2013 and the period of 16 months beginning with 1 October of every fifth year after that.

The aim of the Review is to ensure that every elector in the Highland Council area has such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances and so far as is reasonable and practicable, the polling places are accessible for all electors including those who are disabled.

The Council consulted with persons and bodies that had an expertise in access for persons with any type of disability and had invited them to make a representation or to comment on the Council’s proposals, the Returning Officer’s representation or any other matter.

A copy of the report that was circulated at The Highland Council's Community Safety, Public Engagement and Equalities Committee on 26 March 2014 can be viewed here.  The report outlines the responses received during the consultative process and suggests a number of amendments to the existing scheme.