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Polling District Review

Information about the Polling District Review that Colchester Borough Council is required to carry out every 4 years


  • What is a polling district and place?
  • Timetable
  • What can't be considered as part of the review?
  • How to submit your comments

Polling District and Polling Place Review 2019

In accordance with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, every council in England and Wales must undertake and complete a review of all of their polling districts and polling places at least once every 4 years.

A polling district is defined as the geographical area created by sub-dividing a constituency/ward.

A polling place is defined as a designated area (e.g. a designated building or street) for a polling district in which polling stations are located.

In reviewing its polling districts and polling places, the council will ensure that:

  • electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances;
  • and as far as is reasonable and practicable, that polling places are accessible to all electors, including those with disabilities, and when designating a polling place, have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons.

Although the review is of polling districts and polling places, there is such a close link to polling stations that these will be reviewed concurrently.



Publish notice of review

Monday 4 March 2019

Consultation ends

Monday 15 April 2019

Schedule to be reported to Governance and Audit Committee

Tuesday 25 June 2019

Final recommendation to full council

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Publish final schedule

Friday 2 August 2019

Implement changes 

Sunday 1 December 2019

The following cannot be considered as part of the review:

  • The changing of any district ward boundaries (which can only be done by statute following an electoral review carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission). This review is concerned only with the administrative subdivision of a ward into polling districts which are then assigned polling places;
  • or
  • The changing of polling districts in areas which are also aligned with parish boundaries and therefore cannot be amended during this review (these can only be amended during a Community Governance Review).

A consultation period will be under taken and if you have any comments to make regarding your polling district, polling place or polling station or have any alternative suggestions please email the Elections Team by Monday 15 April.

If you are unable to email the Elections Team you can submit your comments by post to Colchester Borough Council.

Public Notice of Polling District Review

Draft Proposal

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