Statutory Review of Polling Places and Boundaries

The Highland Council Statutory Review of Polling Places and Polling Stations

The Representation of the People Act 1983 places a duty on the Local Authority to divide the local authority area into polling districts based on ward boundaries, and to designate a polling place for each district. Local Authorities also have a duty to keep these polling arrangements under review.

The Electoral Administration Act 2006 introduced amendments to the 1983 Act (which in turn has been superseded by The Electoral Administration Act 2013) and the most recent legislative change of the Election Act 2022, further introduced changes with regard to accessibility and the voting process.

You can download the current scheme of polling districts and polling places which was approved by Highland Council on 5 September 2019.

Our next statutory review of polling districts and polling places is to take place from 2 October 2023.

As part of the review process we:

  • want to make sure all electors have reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances,
  • welcome your views on existing polling arrangements, and suggestions for alternatives,
  • welcome your views, particularly if you are an elector with disabilities, as we seek to ensure that polling places are accessible and welcome comments from those with expertise in access for persons with disabilities.

The aim of the review is to make sure that:

  • All electors in each constituency have reasonable facilities for voting,
  • So far as reasonable and practical, the polling places are accessible to all electors, and consider the needs of disabled persons.

More information about this review, including proposed recommendations for polling districts and polling places, will be available here on 2 October 2023.

There will be an opportunity for you to have your say and make representation on the proposals.