Burnley Council is launching a review of polling stations across the borough to make sure they meet the needs of residents.
The review, which begins on 1st July, will also look at the polling districts – how the borough is split into voting areas (or districts) and polling places.
The borough’s returning officer, Mick Cartledge, said: “We want to hear the views of all residents who are eligible to vote, that is aged 18 years and over, particularly those who are disabled or organisations that work with people with any type of disability.
“We want everyone who can vote to be able to use their democratic right and it’s important that polling stations and districts best serve their purpose. We want to know which stations have good accessibility and those that don’t, and why. It would also be helpful to hear suggestions about other places that may be used as polling stations.”
Further details will be available at www.burnley.gov.uk/elections and click on “polling station review”.
Residents can make their views as follows:
By post – Electoral services, Burnley Borough Council, Town Hall, Manchester Road, Burnley BB11 9SA
By email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments must be submitted by 2nd September.
The borough’s returning officer will make his comments and proposals public on 8th August via the website.
Residents’ views will be taken into consideration and the final proposals will be debated and a decision made by a meeting of the full council on 25th September.
In accordance with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 the council must undertake a review of the polling districts and polling places in its area before December 2019.