Observing elections and referendums

What electoral observers do

One of our roles is to authorise people and organisations to observe UK elections and relevant referendums.

You need to apply to become an accredited electoral observer if you want to observe the:

  • issue or receipt of postal ballot papers
  • taking of the poll
  • counting of the votes

You can apply as an individual observer, or as an organisation.

You need to be 16 or over to be an electoral observer.