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Does your polling station get your vote?

Last Modified October 02, 2018

We are currently conducting a review of our parliamentary polling districts and places, and seeking your views on their suitability and accessibility.

We are required by law to conduct this review before the next parliamentary election to ensure that voters have access to reasonable facilities and this includes making sure the venues we use are accessible for disabled electors.

Any elector living in Hertsmere is welcome to give their opinion.

We currently use around 50 different locations across the borough as polling stations, including village and church halls, schools and community centres. As part of the review and due to district boundary changes, new buildings are being suggested, for example Organ Hall Community Centre and 96 Shenley Road in Borehamwood, so we particularly welcome views about these venues. 

Sam Langford, the council's Electoral Services Manager, said: "We would like as many local voters as possible to take part in this review and we want to hear about their thoughts on how accessible they have found the polling stations.

"Obviously there is no such thing as a purpose-built polling station and we have to adapt and make use of a large number of different venues, which are made available to us, but we want to do all we can to ensure accessibility issues have been fully considered. We would also like to hear any suggestions of other suitable venues that could potentially be used."

The council's existing and proposed list of venues can be viewed on our Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2018 page or copies of the proposal are also available at Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood WD6 1WA. They are available for consultation until 30 November.

You can submit your views by completing the online survey or in writing to the Electoral Services Department.

Final recommendations will be considered by the council at its meeting on 23 January 2019 and implementation of any changes to the existing scheme will take effect from 1 February 2019.


Posted on Tuesday 2nd October 2018

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