The general election seemed to have engendered both excitement in the Westminster "bubble" and apathy in the country in equal measures but not many have spared a thought for returning officers and their teams.
The LGG article usefully clarifies the pressure on these teams, especially those running full scale local elections on May 4. Its probably a useful metaphor for the whole of public services and how everything is taken for granted by politicians, media and public, only bothering to be positive in extremities such as the Westminster bombings.
Holding elections in this country with our reputation for scrupulous and fair minded public servants is far more tricky than in Putin's Russia or Erdogan's Turkey where there are doubtless streams of party workers who will to do the count. Election budgets, like everything else have been cut for 7 years- maybe someone will drop a clanger this time round. Doubtless they will be hammered if they do.
Maybe its time to praise the job people do, recognise the challenges and understand that public services are run by people who do make mistakes sometimes. If its an honest one- we should be sympathetic and not complaining.
Returning officers have warned staff face “enormous pressure” to prepare for a general election just weeks after some will have been involved in organising local and mayoral polls on 4 May.A little more than two weeks ahead mayoral polls in six combined authorities and elections in 27 English counties, seven unitary councils and one metropolitan borough, prime minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday plans to hold a snap general election on 8 June. There is widespread speculation that the 4 May elections could be moved to the day of the general election, with returning officers and candidates seeking clarity from government Jo Miller, president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers, said the timing of the general election would be particularly challenging to councils and “very hard-pushed election teams” currently organising local elections