Polling arrangements review

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2014

We have conducted a review of polling districts and polling places as we are required to do by the Representation of the People Act 1983 (as amended).

You can download the Final Recommendations document or you can inspect the details of the polling arrangements between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday at our offices:

Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE or Weeley Council Offices, Thorpe Road, Weeley, Essex, CO16 9AJ

The polling arrangements will have effect from the date of publication of the revised Register of Electors on 1 December 2014.

You can make representations on the outcome of the review to the Electoral Commission in accordance with paragraph 18D of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 at:

Legal Counsel, The Electoral Commission, 3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ, telephone: 0203 7271 0500, fax: 0203 7271 0505, email: appeals@electoralcommission.org.uk

We keep polling districts and polling places under consideration and we welcome any suggestions that may improve polling arrangements.

Definition of terms

Parliamentary Constituency

The area designated by the Boundary Commission which is represented by a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons. This cannot be changed by the review.


The District is divided into areas known as “Wards” which are represented by District Councillors. Ward boundaries cannot be changed by this review – it is the division of wards into polling districts and polling places that is under review.

Polling Districts

A polling district is the area created by the separation of a ward into smaller parts, within which a polling place can be determined that is most suitable for the electors.

Polling Places

A polling place is the building or area in which the polling stations will be selected by the Acting Returning Officer.

Polling Station

A polling station is the room or area in which voting takes place. This must be located within the polling place that has been designated for the particular polling district. In some cases there is more than one polling station within a polling place, dependent upon how many people vote there.

Selecting Polling Stations

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.

Last updated on: 08/04/2016 - 09:38