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Deputy Returning Officer and Poll Clerk Guidebook – Mobile Poll

Offences and suspicious activities (for both deputy returning officers and poll clerks)

If you see someone

  • destroy, vandalize or remove signs
  • destroy or vandalize a ballot or leave the polling place with one
  • destroy, take or interfere with a ballot box or ballot booklet
  • put anything in a ballot box that shouldn't be there
  • take a picture of a marked ballot and show the picture to others
  • take a ballot if it's not issued by a DRO or try to use a forged ballot
  • try to vote when not qualified or eligible
  • try to vote in another elector's name or try to vote twice
  • try to register or vote illegally, or encourage another person to do so
  • try to bribe or force someone to vote, to vote a certain way or to refrain from voting
  • intimidate or shove an elector, interrupt them voting, or prevent or try to prevent them from voting
  • pretend to be someone they are not, including a candidate or their representative, or encourage another person to do so
  • give out wrong information about a candidate or political party, when and where to vote, what ID to use or who is allowed to vote
  1. Observe the situation closely. Try to get the person's name
  2. Call the office to inform them of the situation. Provide as much detail as possible.
    Include the person's name and address, time of incident, and any statements they made
  3. Follow their instructions
    Note: they might tell you to ask the person to leave or call the police or local authorities to have the person removed or to have the ballot box or ballots returned to the polling place
  4. Fill out an Incident Report EC 10051.
    Include the names and contact information of any witnesses
  5. Ask officers and any witnesses to write a detailed description of what happened

Image of Incident Report EC 10051