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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. Mendip will start its review from October 2018.

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

The review commences with the publication of a notice giving details of the review, including when and where comments or representations can be made.

Any elector in the constituency may make a representation in relation to the size and boundaries of polling districts 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.

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.

Mendip is currently divided into 105 Polling Districts, which vary in size and electorate and details can be viewed by following the link at the foot of this page

What is a polling place?

A polling station is where the voting actually takes place and must be located within the 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.

Thought must be given, for example, to the distance people have to travel to vote and any barriers to them getting there, such as major roads or rivers.

Further information on this year's review will be published when the review gets underway.

Last modified: 22 March 2017