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Review of Polling Districts, Places and Stations

A review of the polling districts and polling places used for elections within the area of the South Holland and the Deepings Parliamentary Constituency took place between July 2019 and January 2020. The final report was resolved by the Council at its meeting on 22 January 2020:

During the review, representations and feedback were sought from:

  • The Returning Officer
  • Members of Parliament (Local and European)
  • South Holland District Councillors
  • Lincolnshire County Councillors
  • Parish Councils (via Parish Clerks) and
  • Political Parties (who have fielded candidates at recent local elections).

Comments were also invited from:

  • Electors within the South Holland District area, and
  • Disability and Access Groups and persons/organisations with expertise in relation to access for disabled persons.

What a polling review covers

The review requires the Council to:

  • seek to ensure that all electors have reasonable facilities for voting as is practicable in the circumstances
  • seek to ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable, every polling place is accessible to electors who are disabled, and when considering the designation of a polling place, must have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons.

The following matters are not considered as part of the review:

  • the changing of any District Ward boundaries (which can only be done by statue following an electoral review carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission). This type of review is concerned only with the administrative subdivision of the wards into Polling Districts which are then assigned Polling Places, or
  • the changing of Polling Districts in areas that are also aligned with Parish boundaries and therefore cannot be amended during this review (these can only be amended during a Community Governance Review).

Explanation of terms used in the review:

  • a 'polling district' is a geographical subdivision of an electoral area such as a County Division or a District Ward within which a polling place is designated.
  • a 'polling place' is an area or building in which a polling station is usually located and can be a complete polling district.
  • Polling Districts can be created as an electoral requirement but also as a means to provide a more conveniently located polling station for the electorate.

Reports from previous reviews can be found below: