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Is getting to or having difficulty going into a polling station putting you off voting?

Residents and community groups are being invited to have their say on polling districts and the location of places to vote as part of a review that closes on 20 November.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is encouraging feedback from residents who use the polling stations to help decide where they will be located for the next five years.

To make sure that all of the polling districts and places are accessible, responses and suggestions for improvements are particularly welcome from anyone who finds it difficult to access their local polling station and from groups with expertise on disability.

The council has to complete a full review of its polling districts and polling places every five years under the Electoral Administration Act 2006.

Will Godfrey, chief executive of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for anyone who wants to vote to do so. I would encourage people to take part in the review and let us know how convenient their current polling station is or whether we could make changes that would improve access.”

A list of the proposed polling places can be found on the council website and at the Guildhall in Bath.

Comments and representations may be sent by email to elections@bathnes.gov.uk  or by post to Electoral Services, Bath & North East Somerset Council Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW.

The closing date for feedback is Monday 20 November 2023. By law, all correspondence and comments received as part of the review must be published.

The outcome of the review will be published and will be available on the council website (www.bathnes.gov.uk/electoralreviews) in December 2023.

The resulting polling scheme, reflecting the new parliamentary constituency boundaries will be put in place in time for the next parliamentary election and the Police and Crime Commissioner election on 2 May 2024.

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  1. From personal experience, if you have accessibility issues then a postal vote is the easiest answer. The process is simple and straightforward, and you needn’t be put off by bad weather on the day!

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