Postal Voting Opening and Agents

What does a postal voting agent do? A postal voting agent is allowed to attend and observe postal vote opening sessions, which are run by…

Who Can Attend the Count?

Who can attend the count? Attendance at the count is limited to the candidate, candidate’s spouse(or guest), agent and the counting agents. The number of…

Polling Day and Children

Children Parents can bring their children with them into the polling station when they go to vote.

Assisting Disabled Voters

Assisting disabled voters The Presiding Officer may assist blind, disabled or illiterate voters, or those physically unable to cast a vote. A large print ballot…

Lifts to the Polls

Lifts to the polls Vehicles can be hired to take voters to the polls, and vehicles normally used for hire may be used by their…

Posters and Loudspeaker Vans

Posters and loudspeaker vans Posters cannot be within the confines of the polling station (except in Scotland). Lift cars with posters on can, however, usually…

Return of Leaflet Petitions to Tellers

Return of leaflet petitions to tellers In order to raise turnout and promote a campaign, sometimes leaflets are delivered to supporters before polling day with…

Tellers

Tellers Tellers – the party workers who stand at the entrance to the polling station and collect voters’ electoral register numbers or name and address…

Polling Agents

Polling Agents The agent has the power to appoint polling agents. If they are paid the appointment is the agent’s; if they are unpaid the…

Polling Day and the Presiding Officer

The Presiding Officer Each polling station has its own Presiding Officer, who is in charge. Their decision is final and they have powers in all…

The Prescribed Questions

The prescribed questions can be asked of any elector or proxy. However, the Presiding Officer must put the prescribed questions precisely and calmly in the…

Leaflets on Polling Day

Leaflets on polling day You can deliver leaflets when the polls are open, and no special rules apply to content, except that you may not…

Publication of Exit Polls

Publication of exit polls The law bans the publication of exit polls before the polls close in an election. In fact, the ban is broader…

Polling Day and Committee Rooms

Committee Rooms The party’s Committee Rooms for running the polling day operation can be as close to the polling station as you are able to…

Polling Day and Selfies

Selfies The law around taking photographs in the polling station, and in particular people taking photos of themselves voting, is complicated and involves several different…

Poll Cards

Poll Cards The Returning Officer is responsible for issuing a poll card to everyone qualified to vote in an election. All electors should receive a…

Sub Agents

A parliamentary election agent in a county constituency may appoint sub-agents to act on their behalf. No sub-agents can be appointed in a borough (or…

Appointing an Agent

Appointing an agent Only the candidate can appoint the election agent (except in the case of party list elections, where the party appoints the agent).…

Why Have an Agent?

Why have an agent? Having an election agent for the duration of the campaign and until the election paperwork is finalised is a legal requirement…

The Role of the Agent

The role of an agent Once appointed, the law makes the election agent responsible for the legality of everything that happens as part of the…