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Interim review of polling districts 2022

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4. Practical considerations


There is no such thing as a purpose built polling station. We have to adapt and use the buildings which are available in the locality. Whilst regulations permit the Returning Officer to use schools, the owners of other buildings (Church halls, sports clubs etc.) have no such obligation.



When selecting a polling station there are some basic criteria which need to be considered.

  • Geographically central for the majority of the electorate.
  • Appropriate for democratic use.
  • Health and safety arrangements
  • Enough useable space.
  • Exclusive use.
  • Access
  • Welfare facilities for staff
  • Cost



Considerations such as steep hills and other natural boundaries, railway lines and busy main roads need to be taken into account.