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Harlow Council to review polling arrangements

Politics / Fri 20th Jun 2014 pm30 03:36pm

HARLOW Council has begun a review of its polling districts and places where people vote, and is asking residents for their views.

Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 the Council must carry out a review of polling districts and polling places (voting locations) to make sure that all voters are able to cast their votes in places which are fit for purpose. As part of its review, the Council is required to consult on its proposals before a final decision on any changes is taken.

While there are no plans to propose any major changes at this time, residents’ feedback will help the Council to ensure that Harlow’s polling facilities are reasonable for voting and, as far as is reasonable, accessible to all voters including those who are disabled.

The consultation runs until 29 August 2014. Residents can get involved by completing a questionnaire which focusses on the information sent out on the location of polling stations, ease of access, parking facilities and your experiences of using the polling station. There is also the opportunity to give suggestions on improvements to polling stations or if residents feel that a more suitable location could be used.

On completion of the review the Council will publish the results, including any issues raised and indeed any changes which have been approved, giving the reasons for its decisions.

Details on how to get involved can be found at www.harlow.gov.uk/elections-polling

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