Guidance for (Acting) Returning Officers administering a UK Parliamentary election in Great Britain

Training staff to receive postal votes handed in at council offices

All staff authorised to receive postal votes handed in to the Returning Officer should receive training to ensure that the correct processes are followed.

The training session should address:

  • how to identify if a postal vote is for an election in the correct area
  • the process for accepting and rejecting postal votes delivered by hand
  • completing the postal vote return form accurately
  • making up the separate packets for postal votes accepted and rejected and the accompanying postal vote return forms
  • storing packets securely until they are delivered to the Returning Officer

Our guidance about the procedure to be followed when postal votes are handed in to the Returning Officer at council offices has more information. 

Last updated: 22 February 2024