A Polling Districts and Places review was conducted in 2019. On this page you can find out about its background and read the review's conclusions.
Following the statutory review of Polling Districts and Places, we have now agreed the proposals put forward by the Returning Officer and recommended by the General Purposes and Licensing Committee. You can view the report using the link below.
The review has resulted in some changes to some polling places and polling stations. These changes are identified in the documents below.
Electors affected by the changes will be provided with details of their new polling station. They will have been given the opportunity to vote by an alternative means, such as postal or proxy voting.
Poll cards will also have indicated where polling stations have changed.
The results of the review as contained here will also be made available at the council's main office.
Representations received concerning this review will be published here when confirmed.
The following groups were also invited to comment on the accessibility of polling stations:
For further information, download the documents below.
Councils are required by law to review the polling districts and polling places within their areas at least every five years.
The last review for New Forest District Council concluded in 2014. The current compulsory review had to be completed by the end of 2019 in order to be in place for elections in 2020. All members of the council were consulted, together with disability groups and MPs.
Any changes to polling districts and polling places took effect with the publication of the Electoral Register in December 2019.
Our General Purposes and Licensing Committee set up a five-member Working Party, to undertake detailed work relating to the review and to submit recommendations to the Committee.
The following is a brief resume of what is being reviewed:
The factors required to be addressed as part of the review are to ensure that:
It is the responsibility of the Returning Officer to designate the individual polling stations for each election. Bob Jackson, in his dual roles of Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer, does not propose any major changes to the polling districts.
The practice in the authority of designating the whole of the polling district as a polling place will continue. This gives flexibility in the event of a particular polling station not being available, especially when by-elections are called at short notice.
We try to use the same polling stations in order to provide continuity for voters, but sometimes a change is unavoidable.