Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations 2023
From: 01/11/2023 To: 11/12/2023.
A review of all polling districts and polling places across the Harborough district is being undertaken by the local authority. The purpose of the review is:
- To ensure all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances
- To seek to ensure so far as is reasonable and practicable, polling stations are accessible to all electors, including those who are disabled
The Council is responsible for designating polling districts and polling places within the area administered by the council. When designating polling districts, the council must seek to ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances. In addition, each Parish must be within a separate polling district.
The Returning Officer must provide a sufficient number of polling stations and allocate electors to the polling stations in a manner in which he thinks the most convenient. Unless there are no suitable facilities available the polling station should be situated within the relevant polling district.
What is a Polling District, Place or Station?
A Polling Place is the geographical area in which the polling station is located. However as there is no legal definition of a polling place it can be as large as the polling district or as small as a particular building, many councils designate the whole of the polling district as a polling place. This allows for flexibility of being able to change the polling station without having to re-designate a specific polling place.
A Polling station is the actual building in which polling takes place, this building should unless there is a very good reason be situated within the polling district. View a list of our polling stations.
Though the Returning Officer has the right to use schools if necessary, we do try to avoid using schools whenever possible, unfortunately this is not always possible if there is not suitable alternative accommodation available. We will always work with schools to try and keep disruption to a minimum and keep the school open on polling day where this is at all practicable.
Though we will always strive to ensure that all the facilities that we use as polling stations are fully compliant with all necessary disabled access this is not always possible.
A schedule of the existing arrangements that are in place and the facilities we currently use as Polling Stations can be viewed here Polling stations | Harborough District Council.
We welcome your views on the suitability and accessibility of our current polling stations and we want to hear people’s views and suggestions about the current arrangements. We are interested in comments about the accessibility of our polling places and therefore encourage all electors to submit their comments. For example, did you find getting into the building difficult or was parking a problem for you on polling day? At the same time, if you know of a more suitable venue for a polling station, then please suggest it.
Comments and observations can be submitted via:
Telephone: 01858 821372
Post: The Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services, The Symington Building, Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7AG.
- Publication of Notice of Review: 1 November 2023
- Consultation Period : 1 November to 11 December 2023
- Publication of the (Acting) Returning Officer’s comments and initial recommendations: 22 January
- Final recommendations considered by Council: 26 February 2024
- Changes to polling districts and polling places is implemented: 2 May 2024