Observing elections to improve democracy
A team of 8 observers, registered with the UK’s Electoral Commission, made 104 separate observations in 58 different polling stations across the Tooting Parliamentary constituency.
Each team was split into pairs to allow for objective observation and they then agreed their opinions of the electoral process before submitting data to the central team. The survey as conducted online so data was collected, and could be checked, live.
The observations generally took between thirty and forty-five minutes per polling station as the observers were asked to ensure that they attempted to see the entire process, which included staff greeting electors on arrival at the polling station.
Each team of observers was contacted throughout the day by the central team to ensure that observation was as uniform as possible.
This means the observation attended all the polling stations across the constituency – in some cases more than once.
Main observation issues arose around ‘family voting’ and the activities of party tellers who were active across the constituency on polling day.
Click the link below for the Final Report from the Tooting By-election.