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Polling place review appeals

On this page you can find out about how to appeal against a local authority's review of their polling districts and places.

Reviews of polling districts and places

Local authorities must review their UK Parliamentary polling districts and polling places between 1 October 2013 and 31 January 2015.

What is a polling district?

A polling district is a geographical area created by the division of a constituency into smaller parts.

What is a polling place?

A polling place is the building or area in which polling stations will be selected by the Returning Officer.

Grounds of appeal

An appeal can only be made on the grounds that the local authority's review did not:

  • meet the reasonable requirements of electors in the constituency
  • take sufficient account of disabled access to polling stations

Right to appeal

Following a local authority’s review, certain persons have a right to appeal:

  • a parish council or (if there is no such council) parish meeting in England, or a council of a community in Wales in the constituency
  • 30 or more electors in the constituency
  • a person who made representations under Schedule A1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983. This includes an elector in a constituency in the local authority's area who previously made representations to the local authority
  • a person who is not an elector in a constituency in the authority’s area but who we think has either sufficient interest in disabled access to polling places in the area or particular expertise in disabled access to premises and facilities

Our decision

Appeals should be made directly to us.

If you are one of the persons mentioned above and would like to make an appeal which falls within one or both the grounds mentioned above, you can send your appeal to:

Legal Counsel
The Electoral Commission
3 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8YZ
Tel: 020 7271 0500
Email: appeals@electoralcommission.org.uk

On the outcome of an appeal, we may:

  • direct the local authority to make any alterations to the polling places designated by the review 
  • make alterations ourselves, if the authority fails to make the alterations within two months of the direction being given

Read more information on making an appeal in paragraph 7 of our guidance (DOC)

Our previous appeal decisions

This table will be updated when any further appeal decision is made.

Local authority
Decision documents
Burnley Borough Council - 19 December 2012
Our decision letter to Burnley Borough Council (PDF)
Wychavon District Council - 20 July 2012

Our decision letter to Wychavon District Council (PDF)

Appendix B - Access audit (PDF)

Leeds City Council - 12 October 2010

Our decision letter to Leeds City Council (PDF)

Appendix 1 (PDF)


Stafford Borough Council - 22 January 2008

Our decision letter to Stafford Borough Council (PDF)

Signed and sealed notice to Stafford Borough Council (PDF)

Local map outlining the decision (PDF)

Electoral administrator