Future of polling stations to be discussed

City of Lincoln Council is holding a review into their polling stations and will be asking a random selection of Lincoln’s voting population what they think about them.

800 questionnaires have been sent to one in 50 electors across the city asking:

  • Do you think your polling station is situated in a suitable, convenient location?
  • How do you get to your polling station?
  • Do you have difficulty accessing your polling station?

Steve Swain, Principal Democratic Officer at the City of Lincoln Council, says the feedback “will help us to see if we use suitable venues as polling stations during elections” and to look for alternatives.

Swain added: “We currently use a variety of venues as polling stations – schools, community centres and even mobile offices placed within our communities.

“We want to know how good these are from the people who use them, and if they could be changed or moved to make them better.”

The council is required to carry out reviews of polling stations under the Electoral Administration Act 2006 and it will be completed before the 2012 electoral register is published on December 1 2011.

Political parties and people with disabilities are also being consulted.

Anybody who wants to comment on the current arrangements can contact the Electoral Services Officer on 01522 873347.

Source: City of Lincoln Council | Photo: Neil Wykes