What is an Electoral Review?
An electoral review is an examination of a Council’s electoral arrangements.
The Review is carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (the Commission). The Commission is an independent statutory body, whose objectives include the provision of electoral arrangements that are fair and that deliver electoral equality for voters.
The work of the Commission is to:
- provide electoral arrangements that are fair and deliver electoral equality for voters.
- help deliver effective and convenient local government to citizens.
This review is not exclusive to Epsom and Ewell, there are many reviews happening across country.
Why are the Wards being reviewed?
Electoral reviews are carried out to see whether the boundaries of wards within a local authority need to be altered to ensure effective local government and electoral equality. Electoral equality is achieved when all Councillors represent roughly the same number of electors.
The last review was in 1997 and the population in some of the Borough’s Wards has grown more than others.
The Commission will work to make recommendations on:
- the number of wards
- the names of wards
- where the boundaries between wards should lie
- the number of Councillors for each ward.
What is the process?
The Commission has produced detailed technical guidance on how it carries out electoral reviews and the information that it takes into account in such a review. The relevant guidance is publicly available on the Commission’s website.
There are a number of key stages in the Electoral review process, and these are set out in the Electoral Review Timetable.
How will the Electoral Review affect Epsom & Ewell residents?
The review may change the electoral warding arrangements within the Borough affecting voters at local elections. At the end of the review there may be more or less wards, wards may change boundaries and be called different names to best describe the area they cover. Some wards may be represented by a different number of Councillors as some have 1, 2 or 3 Councillors depending on how many electors there are in each ward.
The polling station residents’ use could change. After the Commission has published the final recommendations the Council will carry out a review of all polling stations across the Borough.
How can the public have a say in the process?
There are various processes within the Electoral Review Timetable, where the public will be consulted, firstly on the views and then on recommendations.
The Commission has lots of information on its website to help anyone who wishes to make a partial or full submission.
The Consultation process is handled by the Commission, but initially managed by the Council. If you wish to get involved in the consultation process please get in touch with us and we will add your details to the Electoral Review Consultation Database.
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