Mandate a full night's rest for staff before counting election results

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Election counting staff often work a single, unbroken 24-hour shift on the day of elections, referenda, etc, in Britain.

Generally speaking these staff have been working 12- to 14-hour shifts in preparation in the weeks leading up to the election event.

It is only a matter of time before someone has an accident driving home after working such a long day. In any case, it is not good for people's health and is unnecessary.

We want the Scottish and British governments to legislate a mandatory 12-hour break for all staff at all elections between delivery of votes to a secure location and start of count.

This already happens in Scottish Council elections, because the complex equipment used to count the STV vote requires technicians from 3rd-party organisations on stand-by.



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