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Polling District Review

Polling District, Polling Places and Polling Stations Review 2023

Every five years we are required to carry out a review of our Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations (please see below for the definition of these terms).  We will begin the next review on 2 October 2023 in preparation for the Elections taking place in May 2024.

The review

The review is to ensure the polling districts and polling places in St Helens suit the needs of voters, and includes:

  • polling district boundaries within each ward in the borough
  • location of the polling places and stations in each polling district
  • accessibility of each polling station

There are currently 92 polling stations within the two Parliamentary Constituencies, St Helens North and St Helens South & Whiston. 

A public consultation period took place between 2 October and 13 November 2023. This allowed electors, community groups and other interested parties to provide their views on the polling district boundaries and polling places in St Helens, in particular raising any accessibility issues.

What happens next

The comments we received during this time and any proposed changes will be reviewed and submitted to full council for approval on 17 January 2024.

Definition 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

Wards

The St Helens Borough is divided into 18 electoral areas known as Wards which are represented by Borough Councillors. Ward boundaries cannot be changed by this review.

Polling Districts

A polling district is geographical area which separates the ward into smaller parts. A polling place is then allocated in each district.

Polling Places

A polling place is the building or area in which the polling stations will be selected by the Returning Officer.

Polling Station

A polling station is the room or area in which the voting takes place.