Polling Districts - Scotland


Polling Districts - Scotland
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www.spatialhub.scot / sh_poldi

A ‘polling district’ is a geographical subdivision of an electoral area such as an electoral Ward within which a polling place is designated. The Representation of the People Act 1983 places a duty on LA to divide the local authority area into polling districts based on ward boundaries, and to designate a polling place for each district. LAs also have a duty to keep these polling arrangements under review. The Electoral Administration Act 2006 introduced amendments to the 1983 Act (which in turn has been superseded by The Electoral Administration Act 2013). Now local authorities must conduct a full review (with public consultation) of its polling districts and polling places every four years, however adjustments to the boundaries of polling districts and the designation of polling places within LA wards can be proposed at any time in response to changes in ward boundaries or to the availability of premises that can be reasonably designated as polling places. The Fifth Review of Electoral Arrangements concluded in May 2016 when the LGBCS made recommendations to Scottish Ministers for the number of Councillors and the electoral ward boundaries in each of Scotland's 32 local authorities. The review recommended changes in 30 LA areas of which all but 5 were accepted and came into force on 30th Sept 2016. As a result, ward boundaries (and therefore polling districts and possibly polling places) were changed after this date in time for the May 2017 elections.

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The Improvement Service
West Lothian
EH54 6AX
United Kingdom
GEMET - INSPIRE themes, version 1.0 ( Theme )
  • Administrative units
  • PollingElection
Other constraints
No limitations on public access
Use limitation
Open Government Licence
Topic category
  • Society
Reference system identifier

Reference system identifier
EPSG / OSGB 1936 / British National Grid (EPSG:27700) / 7.9

Reference system identifier
EPSG / ETRS89 (EPSG:4258) / 7.9

Reference system identifier
EPSG / WGS 84 / Pseudo-Mercator (EPSG:3857) / 7.9

Distribution format
  • OGC:WMC ( 1.3.0 )

This dataset was amalgamated, optimised and published by the Spatial hub. The following quality assurance checks and corrections are carried out on the data: Polygons are dissolved/ aggregated by key name and local authority. The minimum polygon area allows in the data is 100 square meters. Checks for invalid geometry types. The maximum angle for any spikes is 3 degrees. Any duplicate geometry is removed from the data. Duplicate key names for polygons are not removed. Polygons with no key names are not removed. a polygon overlaps a local authority boundary (or any other input data) by up to 5m we will snap this to the boundary. Where a polygon has a gap of 5m to a local authority boundary (or any other input data) we will snap this to the boundary. All corrections and issues are captured and communicated via Quality Assurance report maps. Please contact spatialhub@improvementservice.org.uk for more details


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Point of contact

The Improvement Service
West Lothian
EH54 6AX
United Kingdom