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- Polling Districts, Places and Stations Review 2013
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- Anston and Woodsetts Ward
- Boston Castle Ward
- Brinsworth and Catcliffe Ward
- Dinnington Ward
- Hellaby Ward
- Holderness Ward
- Hoober Ward
- Keppel Ward
- Maltby Ward
- Rawmarsh Ward
- Rother Vale Ward
- Rotherham East Ward
- Rotherham West Ward
- Silverwood Ward
- Sitwell Ward
- Swinton Ward
- Valley Ward
- Wales Ward
- Wath Ward
- Wickersley Ward
- Wingfield Ward
About this consultation
The Council must divide its electoral areas (i.e. constituencies and wards) into polling districts seeking to ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances. This is achieved at a ward level with the additional requirement that every parish must be in a separate polling district. Each parish is likely to contain more than one polling district especially if the parish area extends across borough ward boundaries.
Polling districts are necessarily determined by the availability of suitable venues for polling places. In undertaking a review we must consider the suitability of the available polling places first and then designate the polling district boundaries.
What we need to consider
- A sufficient number of polling places - Polling places must be designated such that there are sufficient suitable premises to allow the Returning Officer to allocate a reasonable number of voters to each. Voter allocations should be within the limits set in any guidance issued by the Electoral Commission. Rotherham's existing arrangements are well within these limits.
- Availability of suitable venues - There are important factors to consider when considering suitable venues and not least of these is the absolute requirement that the premises must be available for each scheduled election and any other election called at short notice, e.g. parliamentary general elections and local or parliamentary by-elections. It should be noted that purposes of taking the poll the Returning Officer is entitled to use free of charge schools maintained or assisted by a local authority as well as those schools that receive grants made out of moneys provided by Parliament. This includes academies and free schools.
- Schools are notified of scheduled election dates well in advance which allows them to set one of their statutory in-service training days for the same day instead of requesting an additional school closure. In the case of unscheduled by-elections, the Returning Officer has to work within statutory timescales but will do his best to avoid disruption, setting polling day during school holidays if possible. Depending on the layout of the school, some are able to remain open on polling day if the head-teacher is satisfied that he/she can ensure the security of the children whilst allowing unimpeded access for voters to the area containing the polling station.
- Use of other council owned buildings - The current economic climate has resulted in closure or an uncertain future for some premises such as community centres. The impact of this upon the number of polling places available will be one of the factors taken into account during the review.
- Use of private premises - The Returning Officer's right to use schools and certain other premises is unlikely to provide a sufficient number of stations and so other premises, such as church halls, may be used. However, using private premises always carries the risk that use for polling may be refused, possibly at short notice. There may be a change of ownership or policy or an alternative booking may be preferred.
Criteria and scope for the review
Taking account of factors outlined above, the review process should
- Seek to ensure that all electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances
- Seek to ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable the polling places are accessible to those who are disabled
- Have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons
Building owners or managers will be consulted to check the continued availability of existing polling places.
Planning Officers will be consulted on the possible impact of any future development plans to ensure voter allocations will continue to meet guidelines.
Information from polling station inspectors, voters and other stakeholders during elections held in May and November 2012 will be considered.