We're reviewing our polling districts, polling places, and polling stations.
Polling District Review 2019
Under the 'Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006' and the 'Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013', all local authorities are required to review their polling districts, polling places, and polling stations every fifth year.
The review requires the council to:
- Seek to ensure that all the electors in the constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.
- Seek to ensure that so 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 Council welcomes views or comments from electors and any persons or bodies with expertise in access to premises or facilities for persons with any type of disability. Local political parties and Parish councils will also be consulted. Any comments should include, where appropriate, alternative venue suggestions that may be used as polling places.
Representations should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Electoral Services, Gravesham Borough Council, Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU. Details of representations received will be made available for public inspection. The deadline for making representations is Monday 16 December 2019.
Further information may be obtained by contacting Electoral Services on 01474 33 72 53.
Maps of Polling Districts and Polling Places (by Ward)
Dates throughout the review
21 October 2019
Publication of the Notice of polling district review on our website and at council offices and the start of the Polling district review consultation.
16 December 2019
The closing date for representations to the polling district review consultation.
17 December 2019 – 6 January 2020
Polling district review consultation responses considered.
25 February 2020
Council agrees final scheme.
Publication of the final arrangements on our website and at the council offices.
Explanation of Terms
The area designated by the Boundary Commission which is represented by a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons. This cannot be changed by the review.
The Borough is divided into areas known as “Wards” which are represented by Borough Councillors. Ward boundaries cannot be changed by this review – it is the division of wards into polling districts and polling places that is under review.
A polling district is the area created by the separation of a ward into smaller parts, within which a polling place can be determined that is most suitable for the electors. Each parish must be its own polling district unless there are special circumstances; for example if the parish/community has only a small number of electors and it is not practicable for the parish/community to be its own polling district. Town/parish boundaries cannot be altered as part of this review.
A polling place is the building or area in which the polling stations will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer. It can be a complete polling district. Gravesham Borough Council has designated the polling district as the polling place unless it contains no suitable polling stations in which case an adjoining polling district becomes the polling place.
A polling station is the actual room where you cast your vote - usually a room in a building such as a village hall or school. Sometimes there are two polling stations in a polling place due to a particularly large number of electors in the polling district.
Selecting Polling Stations
The principal factor for selecting polling stations is the suitability within a district for the majority of the electorate and its accessibility. The decision for this is made by the Returning Officer.