Polling district and polling places review 2019 - Supporting information

Background information

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 requires local authorities to undertake a compulsory review of UK Parliamentary polling districts and polling places in its area.

In order to comply with the above legislation, Blackpool Council is required to complete a full review of all polling districts and polling places every five years.  

What is a polling district?

A polling district is a geographical area. Legislation requires that each community must be a separate polling district. If the community is large, and in order to provide easy access, the community can be divided into smaller polling districts.

What is a polling place?

A polling place is the building or area in which polling stations will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer. A polling place within a polling district must be designated so that polling stations are within easy reach of all electors from across the polling district.

What is a polling station?

A polling station is the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place.

Unlike polling districts and polling places which are fixed by the local authority, polling stations are chosen by the relevant (Acting) Returning Officer for the election.

Aim of the review

In conducting this 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;
  • Polling places are accessible to all electors and all sections of the community; and
  • When considering or reviewing the designation of a polling place, have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons

What is being reviewed?

  • The polling district boundaries with each ward of each constituency
  • The location of the polling place in each polling district
  • The accessibility of each polling place
  • Buildings that might be considered for use as polling stations

What cannot be reviewed at this time?

  • The ward boundaries
  • The parliamentary constituency boundaries

Who will be consulted?

  • Residents of Blackpool Council
  • Local councillor's
  • The members of parliament for the constituencies Blackpool South and Blackpool North and Cleveleys
  • Political parties
  • Voluntary groups
  • Community groups
  • Organisations with expertise on access issues                                             

Guidance on submission of representations and suggestions

The council welcomes the views of all residents, particularly disabled residents, any person with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability on its proposals and the (Acting) Returning Officer's representation or any other matter relating to the electoral process.

Persons or bodies making representations should, if possible, give alternative places that may be considered for use as a polling station.

Timetable for the review

Dates for the review

2 September 2019  

Publication of Notice and Commencement of the review

11 October 2019

Closing date for representations

14 October 2019 - 15 November 2019

(To be confirmed)           

Consideration of all representations

27 November 2019

Final proposals considered at full council meeting

1 December 2019

Revised electoral register published