Notice of Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is required to complete a full review of all polling districts, places and stations every five years. This is to make sure that all of our polling districts, places and station have accessible facilities for voting and have regard to accessibility needs of disabled persons.

It's also a requirement under the Representation of the People Act 1983, the Electoral Administration Act 2006 and the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013.

When will the review take place?

We are asking that people let us know their views by Monday 21 October 2019. The review will then be finished by 31 January 2020.

What will it involve?

During the consultation period, those being consulted are:

  • The Acting Returning Officer
  • Ward Councillors
  • County Councillors
  • Parish Councillors
  • Local Members of Parliament
  • Members of the South East Region of the European Parliament
  • Local Political Associations
  • Local Town/Groups

The Council also welcomes the view of its residents, in particular disabled residents, or any person/body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.

Representation

Representations should be made in writing to:

Electoral Services
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN1 1RS

Or emailed to: elections@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

What is a 'district', 'place' or 'station'?

A polling district is a geographical sub-division of an electoral area, i.e. a UK Parliamentary constituency, a European Parliamentary electoral region, a ward or an electoral division. It is the responsibility of the Borough Council to divide its area into polling districts, and for keeping the polling districts under review.

A polling place is a geographical area in which a polling station is located. However, as there is no legal definition of what a polling place is, the geographical area could be defined as tightly as a particular building or as widely as the entire polling district. It is the responsibility of the Borough Council to designate the polling places, and for keeping the polling places under review.

A polling station is the actual area where the process of voting takes place, and must be located within the polling place designated for the particular polling district. The Returning Officer for the particular election must provide a sufficient number of polling stations, and allot the electors to those polling stations in such manner as he or she thinks the most convenient.

Timescales

2 September 2019

9 September 2019

21 October 2019

  • Deadline for comments

10 December 2019

  • Report to General Purposes Committee

18 December 2019

  • Report to Full Council

31 January 2020

  • Arrangements come into force
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