In order to apply to become one of our observers for the 2021 elections you will need to complete an application form on the next page.

Please make sure you have a CV ready to upload or we cannot process your application.

Click apply now below to continue and we look forward to hearing from you!

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On May 6th, 2021 we will be deploying around 200 observers, accredited by the Electoral Commission, to observe the elections in England, Scotland and Wales.

The day will consist of travelling around your designated area and visiting polling stations with a partner, in order to help us collect data on a wide variety of subjects. Don’t worry: This will all be explained in depth at a training and deployment event taking place in the week prior to polling day. Election observation is a great way to learn more about the democratic process in action, learn more about electoral standards in the UK.

Key things to consider before applying are:

  • You should be available all day from 6:45am until 10:15pm on May 6th 2021. The day is very long, but enjoyable and rewarding!
  • Be able to follow the training provided and accurately record data.
  • Be available for a training and deployment session in your area scheduled to take place in the week prior to the election (More details will be given nearer the deployment)

All observers must be apolitical – not working or campaigning for any political party or candidate.

Expenses are covered for travel and subsistence on polling day and for counting. Full training is conducted online and we will be holding a series of online events to tell potential observers more about the process.

Application is by CV. Once processed we will be in touch with all applicants within 5 working days informing you whether we intend to proceed with your application.

(All observers will be equipped for elections based on the health limitations in place at the time and be registered by Democracy Volunteers with the UK’s Electoral Commission).