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.