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Are the exhaustive efforts of polling station workers taken for granted?

A study on the experiences of poll workers suggest that the 2015 general election was well-run, but some citizens were turned away from the polling station presumably because they were not registered to vote.

Dr Alistair Clark, Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, and Dr Toby S. James, Senior Lecturer in Politics at University of East Anglia, argue that many people overlook the exhaustive efforts that poll workers put into elections.

With funding from the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust the study conducted an extensive survey of polling station workers in eight English local authorities, with 3350 questionnaires distributed over 21 parliamentary constituencies in Norfolk and the North East.

You can read more from the study on Democratic Audit UK: 'The UK’s electoral infrastructure is functional due to the efforts of many individuals, but it cannot be taken for granted'.

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published on: 29 September 2015