Overview of what we do in elections

We make sure elections are run well, and that people have all the information they need.

We don’t run the polling stations, count the votes or announce the results at elections.

The Returning Officer at your local council does this if you live in England, Scotland or Wales. If you live in Northern Ireland, the Chief Electoral Officer at the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland runs the elections.

We have a different role in referendums.