Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (as amended by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013) we are required to undertake a statutory review of our Parliamentary polling districts and polling places

The timetable for the review is shown below and we welcome the views of all residents, particularly disabled residents, or any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability, on the current arrangement of polling districts and places. Comments are also welcome with regard to any issues contained within the consultation document (attached). Additional views are also sought concerning the Acting Returning Officer's representation (when published).

In West Devon a polling district, where possible, is normally an entire parish or ward of a parish.  In the larger towns some parish wards may be split into separate polling districts to enable voters within a large parish or parish ward to be allocated to different polling stations.  A polling place is the area in which a polling station will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer.  The polling place is normally designated as the entire area of the parish so that the choice of polling station or stations is not restricted, as polling station locations may need to change if they become unavailable for a particular election.

Polling stations are chosen by the (Acting) Returning Officer and although they do not form part of this review, any comments on the designated polling stations for each area will be taken onto account as part of our on-going process to improve access to democracy at a local level.

The consultation period for this review will commence on Monday 12 August 2019 and end on Friday 20 September 2019.

Any person or organisation wishing to make a representation in respect of the arrangement of polling districts and polling places within the boundary of West Devon Borough Council must write, or email: Mrs Clare Chapman, The Electoral Services Office, West Devon Borough Council, Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, PL19 0BZ or by email to elections@westdevon.gov.uk by 20 September 2019.

 

Timetable for the Review

Commencement of Consultation

Monday 12 August 2019

Closing date for representations

Friday 20 September 2019

Consideration of all representations

23 - 27 September 2019

Publication of draft Polling Districts Places Order

Monday 30 September 2019

Publication of draft schedule of polling stations

Monday 30 September 2019

Additional period for comment

01 - 18 October 2019

Consideration of any amendments to draft Order

21 - 25 October 2019

Publication of any changes to draft Order

Monday 28 October 2019

Report to Full Council

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Completion of review and publication of final Polling District Places Order

By Friday 29 November 2019