Over 300 separate venues will be transformed into polling stations for the Buckinghamshire County Council elections on Thursday 4th May 2017.
Hundreds of schools, churches, village halls, community centres and even the odd caravan and portakabin will all become places where local people can cast their votes for who they want to see represent them on Buckinghamshire County Council.
Buildings of note being used as polling stations include the beautiful medieval Nether Winchendon Church, the Girl Guide Headquarters in Gerrards Cross, Chesham Town Hall, Bradenham Cricket Pavilion and the Sea Cadets Hall in High Wycombe.
The conversion of such a vast array of buildings into polling station just for one day is a huge undertaking, but essential so that local people can easily cast their votes as close as possible to where they live.
The work to make all these arrangements, including the staffing needed at each polling station, falls to the Deputy Returning Officers at each of Buckinghamshire’s four district councils who together run the elections on behalf of the County Council.
County Returning Officer Gill Quinton said: ‘It’s important to recognise that so many of our community buildings and local facilities are transformed for the day to help make it as easy as possible for local people to vote.
Your local station will be written on your recently delivered polling card and all will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm on the day. There are some changes to usual polling station arrangements in some areas, so please check your polling card or use the online polling station look up facility available on your District Council website.
We’ve even got it covered if something unforeseen happens to a polling station. We have a library van on standby and even a gazebo, both of which can be used as a temporary facility if needed.‘
Further information about polling stations and the election process itself can be found by contacting the relevant district council in your area.