Haringey Polling District Review 2017

Background to the Review

Local Authorities have a duty to review polling arrangements – districts and polling stations – form time-to-time and this is particularly necessary if some stations become unavailable. Whilst some polling stations are owned and run by the council, many are private premises and with the passage of time some premises become unsuitable or just not available for use. That is true now, and so the Electoral Services Unit wishes to open to consultation plans for new polling stations in readiness for elections on 3 May 2018.

As part of this process, representations and ideas are invited from any electors within Haringey and the council is consulting Borough Councillors, local political parties and any person or organisation with particular expertise in relation to access to premises for people with different forms of disability.

A Notice of Review has been displayed at the Civic Centre and on the Haringey Website.

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Definitions

A Polling district: is a geographical area created by the sub-division of an electoral area, i.e. a constituency or Borough Ward into smaller parts to facilitate effective and convenient voting. It isn’t an externally fixed boundary as such but more a cluster of dwellings around a polling place. Each polling district forms a separate section of the Electoral Register.

A Polling place: is a designated building or area in which polling stations will be located. It might be tightly defined eg the polling station itself or could be a wider area, if, say, the building sits in a park or garden.

Polling station: is the room within a large building, small  building or temporary structure within the polling place where voting takes place.

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The Review Process

The council publishes a notice of holding the review and consults Borough Councillors,  local political parties and any person or organisation with particular expertise in relation to access to premises for people with different forms of disability on its proposed polling arrangements. Representations and comments are invited from electors within the Borough.

This consultation document will also be published on the Haringey website, and other relevant information and documents can be inspected upon request at the Electoral Services Unit’s Office at the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22 8ZW.

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Proposed polling arrangements

The principles underlying the council’s proposals for polling arrangements are:

  1. to retain the current arrangements for coterminous polling places and polling districts as far as possible, to minimise disruption to voters
  2. to try and identify new polling stations in areas where the existing provision is inadequate
  3. to ensure, as far as practicable, that polling stations are accessible to people with disabilities
  4. to locate new polling stations to replace those that are no longer available and to redefine Polling Districts around them if necessary
  5. to ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances

Details of existing polling districts and stations

The document below sets out the details of the existing polling districts and stations within Haringey, showing where new ones need to be found (those marked in Red are no longer available).

We do have some alternatives and will be happy to discuss these, but need others and so suggestions for alternative stations would be particularly welcome, as would offers of any premises that might be suitable.

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Representations and Comments

Any responses to the above points should be sent to us:

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Completion of the Review

Following consideration of any proposals received and in the context of certain new polling stations being identified, the outcome of the review will be made available for Councillors to consider the proposals and any representations received in order to reach a decision on the future polling arrangements.

Details of the agreed polling arrangements will then be made available to the public.

These will be implemented for the Borough Council elections on 3 May 2018.

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