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Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations Review 2018

Under the 'Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006' and the 'Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013', all local authorities are required to review their polling districts, polling places, and polling stations every fifth year.

The review period started in October 2018 and has now concluded.

The review required the council to:

  • Seek to ensure that all the electors in the constituency have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances.
  • Seek to ensure that so far as is reasonable and practicable, the polling places they are responsible for are accessible to all electors, and when considering the designation of a polling place, must have regard to the accessibility needs of disabled persons.



The results of the review can be found below: 

Summary of New Polling Districts and Polling Stations

Deal and Walmer Polling Districts Maps 

Dover Polling Districts Maps

Sandwich Polling Districts Maps

Rural Polling Districts Maps


The current Scheme designates the Polling Place as the Polling District.  Where no suitable Polling Station is available, the (Acting) Returning Officer is authorised to designate an adjoining Polling District for that Polling Place. 

The results of the review have been published at the Council Offices, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, CT16 3PJ and the Council's website.

Useful Information

Notice of Review of Polling Districts & Polling Places 2018

List of Polling Stations and Electorate

Letter to Consultees

Polling District Review 2018- Representations received by 9 November

Polling District Review 2018 - Responses to Representations Received

Polling District Review 2018- Responses received after 9 November

Minutes of Electoral Matters Committee - 15 October 2018

Minutes of Electoral Matters Committee - 22 January 2019

Minutes of Council, 30 January 2019 - to be added shortly


Explanation of Terms

Parliamentary Constituency

The area designated by the Boundary Commission which is represented by a Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons. This cannot be changed by the review.

District Wards

The District is divided into areas known as “Wards” which are represented by District Councillors. Ward boundaries cannot be changed by this review – it is the division of wards into polling districts and polling places that is under review.

Polling Districts

A polling district is the area created by the separation of a ward into smaller parts, within which a polling place can be determined that is most suitable for the electors.  Each parish must be its own polling district unless there are special circumstances; for example if the parish/community has only a small number of electors and it is not practicable for the parish/community to be its own polling district..  Town/parish boundaries cannot be altered as part of this review.

Polling Places

A polling place is the building or area in which the polling stations will be selected by the (Acting) Returning Officer.  It can be a complete polling district.  Dover District Council has designated the polling district as the polling place unless it contains no suitable polling stations in which case an adjoining polling district becomes the polling place.

Polling Stations

A polling station is the actual room where you cast your vote - usually a room in a building such as a village hall or school. Sometimes there are two polling stations in a polling place due to a particularly large number of electors in the polling district.

Selecting Polling Stations

The principal factor for selecting polling stations is the suitability within a district for the majority of the electorate and its accessibility. The decision for this is made by the Returning Officer.



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