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Polling arrangements review

Does your polling station get your vote?

We are reviewing our polling district and polling place arrangements for elections.

The council is consulting the public to seek their comments on the suitability of the polling station they used the last time they voted in person at an election. This review may change where you vote at future elections.

Are you happy with your polling station? Can you suggest something better?


The register of electors for Dorset Council is divided into approximately 400 local areas (polling districts) and by law every polling district must be assigned a polling place where electors can go to vote.

Around 320 buildings are used as polling stations by Dorset Council with most being village and church halls, schools and community centres.

This review aims to ensure that voting arrangements for future elections suit the needs of electors in each area, so that electors have access to reasonable facilities for voting.

The council is required by law to review all polling districts, polling places and polling stations in the Dorset Council area by 31 January 2020.

Please note that no changes can be made to existing ward or parish boundaries during this review and that any recommendations need to be in alignment with existing parliamentary constituency, ward and parish boundaries.

View the full background information for this review.

View the Electoral Commission guidance on reviews of polling districts, polling places and polling stations.

Timetable and notice of review

The review began on 12 July 2019.  The first round of consultation ends on 27 August 2019. 

View the formal notice of review and timetable.

Schedule of polling stations

View the current schedule of polling stations throughout the Dorset Council area.

Publication of the (Acting) Returning Officer’s comments and proposals

A report detailing any proposed changes has been published by the (Acting) Returning Officer. There is now a second period of public consultation until 28 October, where comments and submissions on the
proposals will be considered.

View the schedule of polling stations throughout the Dorset Council area for further consultation.

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