The Representation of the People Act 1983, Schedule A1
The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2006, and the Review of Polling District & Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006.
South Hams District Council are required by law to carry out a review of the polling districts and polling places in the South Hams every 5 years.
The purpose of the review is to ensure that all polling districts and polling places are, as far as possible, suitable and accessible to all voters. We welcome comments from any person or organisation wishing to make a representation in respect of the arrangement of polling districts and polling places within the South Hams District Council boundary; or concerning the accessibility of polling stations wherever possible giving alternative suitable places that may be used. We would also like to hear from those people who are happy with their polling station as well as those who are not in order to have a balanced view to consider.
The Council is responsible for dividing its area into polling districts for the purpose of United Kingdom Parliamentary elections. The arrangements made for these elections are also used at all other elections and referendums. When designating polling districts, we seek to ensure that all the electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as far as practicable.
The polling place is the geographical area in which the polling station is situated. It is common practice to define each polling district as the polling place, rather than designating a particular building, which allows some flexibility.
The polling station is the physical place in which polling takes place. The (Acting) Returning Officer decides on the location of the polling stations.
Steps for this review
Formal commencement of the review starts on Monday 12 August and will be on the website by that date.
We will publish the comments from the (Acting) Returning Officers as soon as they are received.
There will be a public consultation period commencing on the 12 August, 2019 which will end on the 20th September, 2019.
We will consider the representations received and publish draft proposals and have a second consultation period in October.
The final recommendations will be considered by South Hams District Council in November 2019.