Doncaster Council is conducting a review of its polling districts and polling places as required by the Representation of the People Act 1983 and by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013. The review must be carried out every five years to make sure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.
To ensure that all electors have reasonable facilities for voting, we are inviting you to make comments and representations so that we can review our polling districts and places by 31 January 2020.
When will the review take place?
The review starts on Monday 19 August and ends on Monday 16 September 2019.
What does it involve and who can comment or make representation?
This review is an opportunity for all electors, elected Members, local political representatives, community groups and any other interested parties within the Doncaster district to express their views on the existing polling district boundaries and polling places, and where possible make alternative suggestions for consideration. The Council also welcomes comments or representations from any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability.
The review does not affect the Council boundary, or the boundaries of the 3 parliamentary constituencies, or the boundaries of the 21 wards within the Doncaster district. Therefore, the review can consider the subdivision of a district council ward into polling districts, but it cannot consider changes to district ward boundaries (which can only be done by statute).
The following considerations have been taken into account when allocating polling districts and polling places. Comments made during the consultation should keep these in mind. The first two are required by electoral law and the others are best practice. The principal factor for selecting polling stations is the suitability within a district for the majority of the electorate and the decision for this is made by the Returning Officer:
- We must seek to ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.
- We must seek to ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable every polling place is accessible to electors who are disabled.
- Ideally, the polling place should be in its own polling district.
- Where possible, "natural" boundaries should be used, e.g. railways, major roads, etc.
- All properties in a minor road or estate should, ideally, be in the same polling district.
- Polling places should be "logical”; that is, electors should not have to pass another polling place to get to their own.
How to make comments or representations?
Comments or representations should be made in writing to Electoral Services, Doncaster Council, Floor 2 Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU, or by email to email@example.com by Monday 16 September 2019.
What happens after the review?
Once the initial consultation period has ended, the Council will consider all representations received including those from the Returning Officer and form its initial proposals which will then be available on this page.
The Council will agree final proposals in November 2019 and will publish a Final Notice of Review on this page.
Publication of representations
Persons or groups making submissions need to be aware that, upon completion of the review, all correspondence received by the Council in connection with the review will be published, along with the details of the actual designations of polling districts and polling stations agreed, as a result of the review. Any correspondence and representations received will be anonymised before publication to remove the names and addresses of individuals.
What is a polling district?
A polling district is a geographical sub-division of an electoral area. For voting purposes, each parliamentary constituency and every local government ward is divided into one or more polling district. Wherever possible, the polling districts for local government elections mirror that agreed for parliamentary elections. Doncaster Council has 21 wards divided up into polling districts, which vary in size and electorate.
What is a polling place?
A polling place is a geographical area in which a polling station is located. However, there is no legal definition of what a polling place is. It could be as large as the polling district or as small as a particular building.
What is a polling station?
A polling station is where the voting actually takes place and must be located within the polling place designated for the particular polling district. When deciding which buildings to use as polling stations, we try to make sure that they are located as conveniently as possible for the majority of electors and that they are accessible to everyone, particularly anyone with a disability.
Thought must be given, for example, to the distance people have to travel to vote and any barriers to them getting there, such as major roads or rivers.
- Notice of Polling Review
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Current Polling Stations by Ward
- Polling Stations by Ward.docx
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