By Joe Kasper
The 42 local elections – 23 district wards and 19 parish wards – and AV vote mean that County Councils have been forced to employ more ballot counters than ever before.
About 120 counters have already been taken on in the neighbouring county of Kent. Ian Bigwood is in charge of organising voting in the Kent town of Sevenoaks, and May is going to be the busiest month of his year.
Ian’s regular job is Electoral Services Officer, which consists of maintenance of the electoral role and election boundary review – but come election time he also takes on the Deputy Returning Officer’s role.