Polling districts, polling places and polling stations review 2023

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 18C of the Representation of the People Act 1983 Adur & Worthing Councils are to carry out a review of its polling districts and polling places.

The (Acting) Returning Officers (ARO) for the current Parliamentary constituencies of East Worthing and Shoreham and Worthing West will be invited to comment on the proposals. Once received, their comments will be published on the councils' website and will also be available for inspection at Worthing Town Hall and The Shoreham Centre in accordance with the timetable set out below.

Electors within the councils' area, or within a UK Parliamentary constituency which has any part in the authority, may make a representation. We invite comments from all electors regarding the convenience of voting at polling stations currently used for elections and would welcome suggestions for alternative sites.

The councils would also welcome the views of all residents, particularly disabled residents, or any person or body with expertise in access for persons with any type of disability, on the proposals, ARO's representations or any other related matters.

Anybody making representations should, if possible, give alternative places that may be used as polling places.

Comments and representations may be submitted as follows:

  • By email: elections@adur-worthing.gov.uk
  • By post to: Electoral Services, Town Hall, Worthing, BN11 1HA
  • All representations must be made by no later than 28th November 2023

Timetable for the review:

  • 2nd October 2023: formal notice of review published and public consultation period starts
  • 30th October 2023: deadline for receipt of (Acting) Returning Officers' comments which will be published within 30 days
  • 28th November 2023: end of public consultation period
  • 30th November 2023: final proposals considered by Joint Audit and Governance Committee
  • 1st December 2023: revised Register of Electors published

The outcome of the review will be published by the councils in November 2023 on the councils' website and will be available for inspection at Worthing Town Hall and The Shoreham Centre.

Anybody making representations should be aware that, upon completion of the review, all correspondence and representations received must, by law, also be published.

Dated: 2nd October 2023

Catherine Howe
Chief executive, Adur & Worthing Councils

End of stage one comments and actions:

End of consultation comments and proposals:

  • To be added when available

Polling Stations:

List of current polling station addresses:

Aim of review

The aim of the review is to ensure that:

  • electors have reasonable facilities for voting (as are practicable)
  • as far as is reasonable and practicable, polling places are accessible to all electors
  • the accessibility needs of disabled people are properly considered when designating polling places and polling stations

The timetable for the review is set out in the notice above.

What is a polling district?

A polling district is a geographical sub-division of an electoral area. An electoral area may be:

  • a UK parliamentary constituency (eg Worthing West)
  • a district ward (eg Buckingham)
  • a county electoral division (eg Broadwater)
  • or a parish or parish ward (eg Lancing Parish, Penhill ward)

Where are they?

What is a polling place?

A polling place is a designated location (building or area) in which a polling station is located. These should be small enough to be within easy reach of all electors from across the polling district.

What is a polling station?

A polling station is the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place. Unlike polling districts and polling places which are fixed by the Local Authority, polling stations are chosen by the relevant Returning Officer for the election.

Having your say

Any elector within the current East Worthing & Shoreham and Worthing West parliamentary constituencies may make representations on existing polling districts and places.

See above for how to have your say.

Polling station, election day (Pixabay - 2643466)

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