Friday, 25 October 2013

Council seek advice on Polling Places



North Ayrshire Council is looking for the views of local people on where they should vote at future UK parliamentary elections, should Scots reject independence in next year’s referendum.
Two UK Parliamentary constituencies are covered by North Ayrshire Council - North Ayrshire & Arran and Central Ayrshire.
Eligible voters are being asked to comment on existing arrangements and to suggest possible changes, including to polling places.  In particular, the Council is looking for feedback from older people and disabled residents in relation to the ease of access to polling places.
Council Chief Executive Elma Murray explained, “In making arrangements for elections we aim to put the voter first.
“The Council seeks to ensure the locations of polling places are convenient for voters and there is adequate provision for polling stations across North Ayrshire.  No one should have to travel too far to reach their polling place, or queue too long to cast their vote.   
“We want to hear the views of voters on how easy, or otherwise, they find it to cast their votes in person on polling day.  We are especially keen to ensure the particular needs of disabled people and elderly voters are met.  We will consider all representations and then form proposals for future elections.”
Residents can make their own suggestions for alternative polling places, and the reasons for doing so, by writing to: Diane McCaw, North Ayrshire Council (Third Floor), Cunninghame House, Irvine KA12 8EE or by e-mail to elections@north-ayrshire.gov.uk  The closing date for submissions is Friday, November 29 2013.

Last month Ms Murray presented a report to councillors recommending polling arrangements that caused chaos at last year’s local government election should remain in place for the Scottish Independence Referendum and European Elections, both of which will held in 2014.

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