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Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

Under the Electoral Administration Act 2006 every five years an authority must complete a review of its polling districts and polling places.

Publication of Acting Returning Officer comments

The review must be carried out to make sure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.

Any representations, comments please send to elections@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk

The review commences with the publication of a notice giving details of the review, including when and where comments or representations can be made, for ease we have set our key dates:

Key dates of review

Date
Notice of Review (commencement of review) Monday 14 November 2022
Publication of ARO comments Monday 28 November 2022
End of consultation period Monday 5 December 2022
Council Consideration 6 December 2022
Publication of review result Monday 16 January 2023
Publication of the revised register Wednesday 1 February 2023

Any elector in the constituency may make a representation in relation to the size and boundaries of polling district and the location and suitability of polling places. The council also welcomes comments or representations from any Councillors in the area, past or potential candidates, local political parties and any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.

On completion of the review the council will publish all correspondence sent and received, details of the results of the review including any issues raised and indeed any changes which have been approved, giving the reasons for its decisions.

Any representations, comments please sent to elections@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk

What is a Polling District?

A polling district is a geographical sub-division of an electoral area.

For voting purposes, each Parliamentary constituency and every local government ward is divided into one or more polling districts. Wherever possible the polling districts for local government elections mirror that agreed for parliamentary elections.

Somerset West and Taunton is currently divided into 147 polling districts, which vary in size and electorate and details can be viewed by the link above.

What is a polling place?

A polling station is where the voting actually takes place and must be located within a polling place designated for the particular polling district.

You can have more than one polling station in a polling place as was the case in many areas for the recent elections.

When deciding which buildings to use as polling places, the Council tries to make sure that they are located as conveniently as possible for the majority of electors and that they are accessible to everyone, particularly anyone with a disability.

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