Consultation on review of Highland polling stations
2nd October 2017
A chance to have your say.
Voters are being invited to have their say on a review of polling places throughout the Highland Council area
The Council has today (Monday 2 October 2017) launched a consultation over its review of election polling districts and polling places.
Each local authority is required to carry out such a review every four years, and although the next statutory review is not scheduled to take place until October 2018, the Council is holding a preliminary review to allow for a longer period of consultation.
The Review is being carried out to ensure that every elector has reasonable facilities for voting and at a polling place that is accessible for all electors, including those who with a disability, so far as is reasonable and practicable.
All elected members including MPs, MSPs, MEPs and Councillors, disability and minority groups, community councils and private premises used as polling places in the last round of elections are being asked for their feedback, as are members of the public.
Feedback from the consultation and review will help the Council to determine the location of local polling stations to be used in future elections for the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament; and Highland Council.
The list of current Polling Districts and Polling Places; maps containing each of the Polling Districts in Highland and a form to provide feedback are available on the Council's website - www.highland.gov.uk/yourcouncil/elections/
Representations can also be made:
By post - Election Office, Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV35NX
By email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Any representations should be made not later than Wednesday, 31 January 2018.
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