Review of Polling District and Places 2019

Every Council is required to undertake and complete a review of all polling districts and polling places within its administrative boundary at least once every five years. The last review was completed in January 2015.

Definitions
  • Polling district - the geographical area created by sub-dividing an electoral area. All wards within Broadland are divided into polling districts, which form the basis upon which the register of electors is produced. Most polling districts are defined by parish boundaries but there are exceptions. Unless there are special circumstances, each parish must be in a separate polling district.
  • Polling place - the designated area for a polling district in which a polling station is located.
  • Polling station - the actual area where the process of voting takes place, e.g. a room in a community centre or school.

The aim of the review is to ensure that:

  • electors in the constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances
  • as far as is reasonable and practicable, the polling places they are responsible for are accessible to all electors, and when considering the designation of a polling place, must have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons.

The review will not consider ward boundaries, divisions or parliamentary constituencies.

We are now looking for your thoughts and views about our existing arrangements to help us decide what, if any, changes should be made in this review.

You can download the Polling District Schedule showing the existing polling districts and polling places (stations) for the entire district. This gives the location of our current polling stations that we plan on using at all future elections.

Review Timetable
10 July to 21 August 2019 Consult for representations and comments on the existing and proposed (if any) arrangements
26 to 30 August 2019 Consider all the representations and alternative proposals
17 September 2019 Recommendations to Council
1 December 2019 Publish new Register of Electors to include any amendments following conclusion of review
How to respond

You can submit comments on your current polling stations or indicate whether there are any other suitable premises that could be used.

When making representations it would be helpful if you could provide as much relevant information as you can about your current polling place/station, including:

  • how convenient (or not) the location is in relation to where you live
  • whether there is adequate parking
  • what access is available for disabled and/or wheelchair users
  • how suitable overall it is for voting.
Comments can be made in the following ways:

Email us: election.services@broadland.gov.uk

You can also write to us:

Electoral Services
Thorpe Lodge
1 Yarmouth Road
Norwich
NR7 0DU

The deadline for commenting on the review is 21 August 2019

Trevor Holden
Electoral Registration Officer