Glossary: D

Declined Ballot

A declined ballot is a ballot returned to the deputy returning officer by an elector who declines to cast a vote.

Deputy Returning Officer (DRO)

The responsibilities of a DRO include:

  • setting up the polling station,
  • maintaining the ballot box,
  • maintaining the polling booth,
  • assisting electors in completing declarations,
  • directing electors in completing the ballot,
  • maintaining peace and order in the polling station,
  • conducting the unofficial count,
  • communicating the unofficial results as directed by the RO, and
  • returning the ballot box to the RO if an SDRO is not available to do so.