Give your views about where you vote


What do you think about where you vote during local and national elections? Is the polling station in the right place? How easy is it to get to and to use?

Our electoral service wants to know as it carries out a review of polling districts and polling places in the city.

The review is looking at where polling stations are located, what they are like to use and whether there are any issues with access, particularly for people with disabilities.

All councils responsible for elections need to carry out reviews on polling districts and places and the views of all voters are important in ensuring any issues are addressed.

As well as user feedback, the review will consider planned residential developments to ensure future needs are reflected.

The review does not include looking at council ward or parliamentary constituency boundaries, just the areas within those boundaries used to show voters which polling station to use.

Deputy Council Leader Pete Smith said: “Where we place our votes is a central part of the whole system of democracy and it is important that everyone can get to and use a polling station easily.

“We really do want to hear from as many people as possible. We know that election turnout rates can be affected by having suitable polling stations available, both in terms of physical access for people with disabilities as well as the distance that voters have to travel to vote.

We are especially interested in hearing from people with disabilities or conditions that have specific needs for access or facilities when they go to vote.”

The consultation runs from today (Monday 5 November) for six weeks.

Details of the current and proposed polling arrangements can be found on our website and at libraries.