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Review of Polling District, Places and Stations 2019

In accordance with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, Norwich City Council is required to complete a full review of all polling districts and polling places every five years. However this does not prevent changes being made at any time prior to the next review.

Notice of Review

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.

In addition, the Acting Returning Officer (ARO) for Norwich South is required to submit their own proposals for future electoral arrangements.

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

Definitions

Polling district - the geographical area created by sub-dividing a constituency/ward.

Polling place - the designated area for a polling district in which polling stations are located. 

Polling station - the actual area where the process of voting takes place, eg a room in a community centre or school.

How the review is conducted?

The ARO will be consulted on the current arrangements and will make representations and recommend changes to the Polling District Review Working Party.

The working party is made up of seven councillors from each political group at Norwich City Council. They will consider the proposals set out by the ARO and also take into account any responses to the consultation. They will agree any changes and make recommendations for approval at a meeting of full council.

How do I take part?

You can submit comments on your current polling station from Friday 14 June 2019.

The ARO's proposals have been published for public consultation on Friday 28 June 2019.

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

Please also indicate whether there are any other suitable premises that could be used.

Existing polling station arrangements

Comments can be made in the following ways:

Comment online

Email us: elections@norwich.gov.uk

Write to us:

Elections
Room 311a
Norwich City Council
Norwich
NR2 1NH

The deadline is 24 July 2019 for the initial consultation period and 29 August 2019 for final consultation period.

Timetable for the review

14 June 2019 Publish notice of review and accept comments on existing arrangements.
27 June 2019 First meeting of the Polling District Review Working Party.
28 June - 24 July 2019 Publication of Acting Returning Officer's (ARO's) proposals and start of public consultation.
25 July 2019 Polling District Review Working Party to agree on ARO's proposals and amend where required.
26 July - 29 August 2019 Consultation on revised ARO's proposals as agreed by the Polling District Review Working Party.
5 September 2019 Polling District Review Working Party to agree polling district review to recommend changes to council.
24 September 2019 Full meeting of council to agree changes.
1 December 2019 Register of Electors to be published with the new polling districts and agreed polling places and stations.