Review of Polling Places
A formal review of Polling Districts and Places was carried out between 1 October and 10 December 2018. This review is required in terms of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 as all polling districts and polling places should be reviewed at least every 4 years.
Prior to the compulsory review Highland Council undertook a preliminary review in 2017/18. The outcomes of that preliminary review formed the basis of the initial propoasls made in stages 1 -3 for the compulsory review.
Comments on the Polling Scheme were invited from
- Electors in the Highland area
- All elected representatives (ie. MPs, MEPs and Councillors)
- Disability and Minority Groups - with expertise in realtion to access to premises or facilities for disabled people
- Community Councils in Highland
- Any person in connection with specified alternative Polling Places
All local authorities have to divide their area into polling district for parliamentary election purposes, and to designate polling places for these polling districts.
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 that the councils are responsible for, are accessible to all electors. In considering suitable polling places, councils must ensure that they are accessible for people with disabilities.
Approval was sought by The Highland Council on 5 September 2019 and you can read details of the new approved scheme of polling districts and polling places.
Individuals, however, still have a right to make representations to the Electoral Commission regarding the findings of the Council's review. Representations must be in writing by post (Legal Counsel, Electoral Commission, 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ), Tel: 020 7271 0500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and should be specific as possible. The grounds on which it may be stated that a local authority has failed to conduct a proper review are: (a) the authority has failed to meet the reasonable requirements of electors in the constituency or (b) the authority has failed to take sufficient account of accessibility to disabled persons of the polling stations within a polling place.
Any such representations should include the location and other relevant information regarding the polling place/station at issue, stating specifically why it is inaccessible or does not meet the reasonable requirements of electors.
The next review will be carried out on 1 October 2023.