Polling Places - Scotland

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Score updated: 18/06/2017

Responsible Party: The Improvement Service (pointOfContact)

Mapping

A ‘polling place’ is defined as the building or area in which a polling station will be located. A ‘polling station’ is the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place. Unlike polling districts and polling places which are fixed by the local authority, polling stations are chosen by the (Acting) Returning Officer for the election.

The Representation of the People Act 1983 places a duty on LA to divide the local authority area into polling districts based on ward boundaries, and to designate a polling place for each district. LAs also have a duty to keep these polling arrangements under review. The Electoral Administration Act 2006 introduced amendments to the 1983 Act (which in turn has been superseded by The Electoral Administration Act 2013). Now local authorities must conduct a full review (with public consultation) of its polling districts and polling places every four years, however adjustments to the boundaries of polling districts and the designation of polling places within LA wards can be proposed at any time in response to changes in ward boundaries or to the availability of premises that can be reasonably designated as polling places.

The Fifth Review of Electoral Arrangements concluded in May 2016 when the LGBCS made recommendations to Scottish Ministers for the number of Councillors and the electoral ward boundaries in each of Scotland's 32 local authorities. The review recommended changes in 30 LA areas of which all but 5 were accepted and came into force on 30th Sept 2016. As a result, ward boundaries (and therefore polling districts and possibly polling places) were changed after this date in time for the May 2017 elections.

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Dataset Extent

Latitude: 60.7478° to 54.3811°
Longitude: -8.0298° to 0.32254°

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Additional Information

Added to data.gov.uk 05/05/2017
Theme Mapping
Harvest URL https://www.spatialdata.gov.scot/geonetwork/srv/eng/csw
Harvest date 20/06/2017 11:21
Metadata date 19/6/2017
Harvest GUID ced42633-0dbc-4ea1-bdad-0ad01c4c0b02
Extent Latitude: 60.74784° to 54.38113°
Longitude: -8.02985° to 0.32254°
Spatial reference system urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::27700
Dataset reference date 29/5/2017 (revision)
Frequency of update asNeeded
Responsible party The Improvement Service (pointOfContact)
Access constraints Limitations on public access
ISO19139 resource type dataset
Metadata language English
Themes (secondary) No value
Temporal coverage No value
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Code list No value
Service Level No value
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