The integrity of elections has repeatedly been called into question since the fall of communism.
Making sure that the electoral law is upheld is in our shared interest.


Since the 1990s, governments and political leaders have done very little to get Hungarian citizens to understand the importance of their civic duty and shared responsibility that forms the basis of any functioning democracy.

Our nonpartisan civil organization, Unhack Democracy launched the Count for democracy! campaign to inform every Hungarian citizen about what we can do together to protect the integrity of our elections.


Read our Investigations!


Here you can find the info on where to apply. We also answer the most frequently asked questions.


Get trained and obtain a certificate!


Since 2018, we have collected more than


testimonies of polling station commission members


3 different elections.

Our investigations reveal that irregularities

are measurable and

could influence the outcome of the elections,


weakening the voters’ trust in the democratic process.

But poll workers often

fail to recognise and record


Poll workers

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to record irregularities

for the following 3 reasons:


they have poor knowledge of the relevant process;


they are pressured and targeted by verbal abuse;


they are part of the co-dependent system.

The protocol is the first piece of evidence for any violation of the law. Without an official record of the case the possibility of legal redress is lost.


Even though the law only allows you to become a poll worker if you are delegated by a party, an independent candidate or appointed by your local government, by no means does this suggest that you have to give up your non-partisan position.

Choose a party and apply!

Would you rather not sign up directly with the parties?
Write to Számoljuk Együtt/Let’s Count Together, that works as an intermediary between parties and volunteers.
Do you want to count as a municipality designate?
Sign up through your constituency’s local government website or write to your town’s notary, who is also the director of the local election office. The deadline is the 20th day before the election but we highly recommend that you get in touch with the notary now.

Would you like to ensure the integrity of the elections outside of the polling stations?

Join the team of Tiszta Szavazás NGO! Despite ODIHR’s recommendations and Hungary’s obligations towards OSCE, the law has not allowed independent civil observation in the elections since the democratic transition of the 1990s. As a result, there is no civil oversight in the polling stations. But if you as a Hungarian citizen would like to observe the elections on the streets, you can do so with

What to do if you notice any instance of violation of the law during the campaign or on the day of the elections, in or outside the polling station?

Please contact TASZ (HCLU), who can help you to file your complaint!

What you should know about working at a polling station

1. What administrative tasks does the application involve?

1. Get in touch with your chosen party or independent candidate.

2. After you have submitted your application they will contact you and request that you return to them the original conflict of interest statement signed.

3. The polling station commission (PSC) members have to take an oath in person at least two days prior to the elections at the local government where they are delegated to count. This is when the brief training organized by the local election office also takes place, but this is by no means enough to become professionally prepared for the job.
2. Why is the polling station commission members’ work important?
The polling station committee (PSC) members are those who are responsible for the legality and integrity of the election. It is up to them to make sure that the results of the election indeed reflect the voters’ free will.
3. Who are the members of the polling station commission?
The members of the polling station commission are the delegates of the party and independent candidates, as well as the representatives selected by the local government.
4. What is the difference between a party delegate and a local government designate on the commission?

According to the law the local government designates and party delegates have the same rights and obligations, with only one difference: the party delegated members do not receive an honorary fee, whereas the appointed members do.

The PSC members appointed by the local governments can only be local residents and they cannot be related to any of the candidates on the ballot.

The party delegated PSC members can count anywhere, independently from where they live; furthermore, they can also be related to anyone on the ballot.
5. Who can be a polling station commission member?

Every Hungarian citizen with voting rights can apply to volunteer as poll worker but there are some restrictions.

The president of Hungary, members of the Parliament, Vice Mayors, notaries, members of other election commission, members of the election office, professional and contractual members of the military or candidates cannot be members or the polling station commission.

Moreover, the local government cannot appoint a member for the PSC, who is:

a) a member of a party,
b) a member of an organization with a candidate in the electoral district,
c) a relative of a candidate competing in the district,
d) any person who is in a contractual relationship with a governmental body or other public organization with power over the electoral district, with the exception of public servants.

6. Can you work as an independent civil member of the commission?
No. According to the present regulations, you can only become a member of a polling station commission if delegated by a party or an independent candidate.
7. How can you most efficiently prepare for your work?
You can most effectively prepare by completing the e-learning training developed by Unhack Democracy, which prepares you for polling station work through practical examples, sample tasks, and visualizations.
8. Are the members of the polling station commission observers?
No, but it is extremely important that the members of the polling station committee respectfully observe each other’s work.
9. How long is the work day at the polling sation?
PSC members’ workday is long and exhausting: it is at least a 16-hour long workday, as you need to arrive at the polling station at 5:15am the latest, and you won’t leave until  10-11 pm the earliest, when the counting of the ballots ends.
10. Can you vote if you work in different constituency than where you live?
Yes, but in this case you have to register to vote where you count! You have to request to register in the electoral district where you will count nine days before the elections the latest at the website
11. Will you get paid for your work?
If you are appointed by the local government to be a member of the poll station committee, then you will receive an honorary fee. Members delegated by the parties and independent candidates, however, will not receive any payment.
12. What do you need to do to get a paid day off after the election?
Let your employer know that you will be a poll worker, and ask them to request the wage and benefits reimbursement from the local election office within five days of the elections.
13. What does it mean that you become an official person as a poll worker?
As an official person you are legally bound to report any case that you learn of that might risk the legality and integrity of the elections.


Get trained and receive a certificate!

The three-hour e-learning course prepares you, the future poll worker, on how you can ensure the legal conduct of the upcoming elections. Our investigations proved that proper training plays a crucial role in this. This is why we are providing our e-learning material for every citizen and party free of charge.

Upon completion of the eight modules you will receive a certificate that you can present to any party.

Train with us and be the guardian of democracy!


In our Count for democracy! video campaign we asked artists to help us deliver our message on how you as active citizens can better protect the integrity of the elections. Based on our research and director Viktor Bodó, the videos highlight the impact of polling day corruption, the co-dependent system and the heroic role well-trained poll workers’ play in defending democracy.
“When we were reading these materials, along with the accounts that people, who worked as poll workers wrote, it became clear that it is quite heroic what they do, this is a very serious work, quite demanding.”(Viktor Bodó, director)


A special thanks to all the actors, who joined our cause and those professionals who contributed to this campaign with their volunteer work. Without our extended team’s heroic efforts we couldn’t have done this.
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“We need to be brave and have open eyes and ears. We need people not to be afraid. We simply need to think and speak freely.”(Franciska Farkas , actress)

Election Health Check

The videos were produced as part of the international project Election Health Check that we led, in which election watchdogs and artists created short films that set out to mobilize primarily young voters. In this, our Serban partners were CRTA, Marka Zvaka, and Horkestar, while in North Macedonia we collaborated with CIVIL, and Lokomotiva. Watch their videos!
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