Polling District, Polling Place and Polling Station Review 2019

Why are we doing this review?

We are required by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, to review polling districts, polling places and polling stations every five years to ensure voting arrangements are up to date and fit for purpose.

Scope and criteria

This review is limited to polling districts, polling places and polling stations within wards. 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.

We must ensure that polling stations are suitable and accessible for all electors.

The guidelines are that:

  • Electors have such reasonable facilities for voting as are practicable in the circumstances
  • So far as is reasonable and practicable, polling places are accessible to all electors including those who are disabled
  • Ideally, the polling place should be within the polling district but this may not be possible or appropriate
  • There should be no more than 2,500 electors per polling station (excluding absent voters), however there may be more than one polling station in a polling place
  • Preferably, no polling place should be shared by two wards
  • Temporary buildings (portacabins) should only be used where there is no other reasonable option as these are costly to provide

Process and timescales

The review starts on Tuesday 1 October 2019.

Initial comments from members of the public and other bodies are gratefully received up to 31 October 2019.  When commenting please include suggestions for alternative locations and explain your reasons for making that suggestion.

A report detailing any proposed changes will be published by the (Acting) Returning Officer.  There will then be a second period of public consultation where comments and submissions on the proposals will be considered.

How to send comments and submissions

  • By post: Electoral Services, Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1RL

The review will conclude with the Council making final recommendations on 10 December 2019.

Copies of all correspondence, representations made by individuals and other organisations sent to the (Acting) Returning in connection with the review and any minutes of council meetings held during the review process will be published and made available for public inspection.

Related documents: review notice, review timetable and list of current polling places and stations can be downloaded below.

Polling District Review Notice (pdf)

Polling District Review Timetable (pdf)

List of Polling Districts and Places (pdf)

Details of the local elections to be held on 2 May 2019 and the results of previous county, district and parish council elections are published on the Local Elections page.

Details of the European Parliamentary elections to be held on 23 May 2019 are published on the European Elections page.


The results of previous Parliamentary elections are published on the General Elections page.

The results of previous Police and Crime Commissioner elections are published on the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections page.

The results of previous referenda are published on the Referenda page.

The results of previous European elections are published on the European Elections page.

If you wish to contact an officer for information about Electoral Registration or Elections please see the Officer Contact Page.

Referendum Petition Notice

The attached notice shows the number of local government electors necessary to hold a referendum on an elected mayor.

Referendum Petition Notice (February 2019) (pdf)

Returning Officer

The Returning Officer is the person who has the overall responsibility for the conduct of elections. The Returning Officer is an officer of the Council who is appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983, although appointed by the council the role of the Returning Officer is one of a personal nature and distinct and separate from their duties as an employee of the council. The Returning Officer is responsible for:

  • the nomination process for candidates and political parties
  • provision and notification of polling stations
  • appointment of Presiding Officers and polling clerks
  • appropriate administration and security of polling stations
  • preparation of all ballot papers
  • the actual count and declaration of results
  • issue, receipt and counting of postal ballot papers
  • all candidates' election expenses returns
  • presentation of final account and,
  • reclamation of funding from external bodies as prescribed

At Three Rivers District Council, The Chief Executive has the following appointments:

  • District and Parish Council elections – Returning Officer
  • County Council elections – Deputy Returning Officer
  • Parliamentary (General) elections – Acting Returning Officer
  • European elections – Local Returning Officer

General Elections