Polling Places, Polling Districts and Polling Stations Review

Polling Places, Polling Districts and Polling Stations Review - have your say

Consultation closed: 11 December 2019
Consultation opened: 29 October 2019

We conducted a review of our polling districts and polling places, as required by the Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006. Although the review was primarily of polling places and polling, districts, it is recognised that polling stations were also relevant to the review.

The review was an opportunity for electors, community groups and any interested persons within Central Bedfordshire to express their opinions on the existing polling places, districts and stations, and to suggest alternative options for consideration.


A polling place is the area in which the Returning Officer will allocate a polling station. The polling place should be designated so that the polling station is within easy reach of all electors from across the polling district.

A polling district is a geographical area created by the sub-division of a parliamentary constituency for the purposes of a UK Parliamentary election.A polling stationis the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place.

As part of the review process, we were required to:

  • seek to ensure that all electors in the constituency 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 placesand stationsare accessible to people with disabilities
  • when considering or reviewing the designation of a polling placeand station, have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons