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Polling District, Polling Place and Polling Station Review 2019

Why are we doing this review?

We are required by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, to review polling districts, polling places and polling stations every five years to ensure voting arrangements are up to date and fit for purpose.

This review is being conducted ahead of the next UK Parliamentary elections scheduled to take place on 5th May 2022.

Scope and criteria

This review is limited to polling districts, polling places and polling stations within wards.

  • polling district  - a geographical area within a ward or constituency

  • polling place - a location in which a polling station is located

  • polling station – a room where you cast your vote (sometimes there is more than one polling station in a polling place due to a large number of electors)

We must ensure that polling stations are suitable and accessible for all electors

The guidelines are that:

  • electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances

  • so far as is reasonable and practicable, polling places are accessible to all electors including those who are disabled

  • ideally, the polling place should be within the polling district but this may not be possible or appropriate

  • there should be no more than 2,500 electors per polling station (excluding absent voters), however there may be more than one polling station in a polling place

  • preferably, no polling place should be shared by two wards

  • schools should only be used where there is no other suitable permanent building available because of the potential disruption to educational provision

  • temporary buildings (portacabins) should only be used where there is no other reasonable option as these are costly to provide.

What cannot be changed?

Please note that no changes can be made to existing ward or parish boundaries during this review and that any recommendations need to be in alignment with existing parliamentary constituency, ward and parish boundaries.

Ward boundaries were set by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) as a result of a Ward Boundary Review in 2018 in preparation for the new BCP Council.

Process and timescales

This review starts on 16 July 2019.

The Notice of review has been published along with some statistical data on the current arrangements.

Initial comments from members of the public and other bodies are gratefully received up to 13 August. When commenting please include suggestions for alternative locations and explain your reasons for making that suggestion.

A report detailing any proposed changes will then be published by the (Acting) Returning Officer. There will then be a second period of public consultation where comments and submissions on the proposals will be considered. 

How to send comments and submissions

Complete a response form and return it by:

The review will conclude with the Council making final recommendations on 5 November 2019.

Copies of all correspondence, representations made by individuals and other organisations sent to the (Acting) Returning Officer in connection with the review and any minutes of council meetings held during the review process will be published and made available for inspection.

Full timetable of review
 ActivityDate, 2019

Publication of notice and start of the review 

16 July 

Deadline for public comments and submissions   

13 August  

Publication of the (Acting) Returning Officer’s report and start of public consultation period

27 August 

Deadline for receiving public comments and submissions relating to the (Acting) Returning Officer’s proposals 

 8 October

Publication of final proposals from the (Acting) Returning Officer 

22 October

Final proposals considered at full meeting of BCP Council 

5 November

Publication of revised register of electors 

1 December