Polling sta­tion views sought

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News -

Coun­cil chiefs are keen to hear from vot­ers across the High­lands as a con­sul­ta­tion on polling sta­tions reaches a se­cond stage.

The aim is to en­sure that ev­ery elec­tor in the re­gion has rea­son­able – and ac­ces­si­ble– fa­cil­i­ties for vot­ing.

The coun­cil’s in­ten­tion is to use schools wher­ever pos­si­ble.

Stage one of the re­view sought com­ment on the suit­abil­ity of ex­ist­ing and pro­posed

“Vot­ers hav­ing to travel to the mid­dle of nowhere”

polling sta­tions but at­tracted just 27 re­sponses.

Coun­cil ward man­ager Alex Mac­manus was con­cerned a pro­posed move away from Bri­tan­nia Hal l in Dun­net would mean vot­ers hav­ing to travel to a school “in the mid­dle of nowhere.”

The coun­cil has now de­cided not to switch venues.

The coun­cil is par­tic­u­larly keen to hear the thoughts of any in­di­vid­ual or or­gan­i­sa­tion with ex­per­tise in ac­cess for peo­ple with any type of dis­abil­ity on the pro­posal son any changes to ex­ist­ing polling places.

The clos­ing date for sub­mis­sions is 5pm next Fri­day.

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