Democracy Volunteers
Democracy Volunteers is the UK's leading election observation group. We observe elections to assess the quality of them and to report back to returning officers, the UK's Electoral Commission and to government. We do this by a combination of interviews with key election officials as well as in-person observations of elections, such as attending polling stations and the counting process.

Democracy Volunteers is the UK's leading election observation group. We observe elections to assess the quality of them and to report back to returning officers, the UK's Electoral Commission and to government. We do this by a combination of interviews with key election officials as well as in-person observations of elections, such as attending polling stations and the counting process.

On May 5 2022, we will be deploying around 200 voluntary observers, accredited by the Electoral Commission, to observe the elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly as well as local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales.

Here is a list of skills which you could gain by observing elections with Democracy Volunteers:

  • Teamwork - It is important that observers work collaboratively as a pair and alongside the wider deployment.
  • Communication - Observers must communicate regularly with each other and the core team to update progress. Observers should also introduce themselves to polling staff when entering the polling station and explain that they will observe the voting process for 30-45 minutes.
  • Organisation - Observers often arrange their own meeting times and routes throughout polling day.
  • Eye for detail - There is a lot to see in the polling station so observers develop an ability to monitor events closely.
  • Multitasking - Similarly often several events often occur simultaneously in a polling station so multitasking skills will be developed!
  • Patience - We do not interfere but observe the voting process and report back to the core team afterwards.
  • Impartiality - Observers must not participate in any partisan campaigning before an election so we gain an understanding of issues from a range of standpoints.

Time commitment

You must be available all day from 06:45 until 22:15 on the May 5 2022. You will also need to be available for an introductory chat, a welcome meeting, online training, training seminars and other events. These will all have various dates and will be conducted on multiple occasions to allow for flexibility to fit into your schedule.

What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
All observers will have masks and access to hand sanitiser. A dedicated module in your training course will cover Covid-19 and election observation and how to stay safe on polling day

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch at any time with any questions, queries or problems you encounter.

Events

Election Observer
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