A scrutineer is a person who observes voting in an election, and/or observes the counting of ballot papers, in order to check that election rules are followed. In motorsport a scrutineer is responsible for ensuring that vehicles meet the technical regulations.


Rules vary concerning the number of scrutineers that are allowed to be present at each polling station from a political party. In some jurisdictions, each candidate or party may have one scrutineer or poll-watcher per constituency or precinct where voting is taking place. In other jurisdictions, such as in Canada, each party is permitted to appoint one scrutineer per ballot box. They are often required to refrain from contact with voters, wearing or displaying political slogans, or otherwise exerting influence on the conduct of the election while it is taking place.


Scrutineers play an important role in many motor sports. Racing series typically have a set of technical regulations to which the cars, bikes or other vehicles must conform. The role of the scrutineer in this case is to confirm that vehicles entered for the race meet the relevant regulations.


Someone who carefully verifies the accuracy of Technical Specifications, Drawings, or Configurations as they apply to a specific discipline field.

Competitive Dance

Dancing competitions (especially Dancesport) employ (usually professionally certified) officials who oversee judging and tabulates scores.


The names Poll-watcher and Challenger is commonly used for this role in the United States.

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  • Scrutineer — Scru ti*neer, n. A scrutinizer; specifically, an examiner of votes, as at an election. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrutineer — UK [ˌskruːtɪˈnɪə(r)] / US [ˌskrut(ə)nˈɪr] noun [countable] Word forms scrutineer : singular scrutineer plural scrutineers British someone who examines something carefully, especially an official whose job is to examine or count the votes in an… …   English dictionary

  • scrutineer — [[t]skru͟ːtɪnɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] scrutineers N COUNT A scrutineer is a person who checks that an election or a race is carried out according to the rules. [BRIT] …   English dictionary

  • scrutineer — /skrutəˈnɪə / (say skroohtuh near) noun 1. someone who is authorised, especially by a candidate at an election, to inspect the counting of votes by electoral officers. 2. an official in a race, contest, etc., who checks that the rules are… …   Australian English dictionary

  • scrutineer — noun Date: 1557 1. one that examines 2. British one who takes or counts votes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scrutineer — /skrooht n ear /, n. Chiefly Brit. and Canadian. an official examiner, esp. of votes in an election. [1550 60; SCRUTIN(Y) + EER] * * * …   Universalium

  • scrutineer — 1. noun /ˈskɹuː.tɪn.ɪə(ɹ)/ A person who scrutinises; a person responsible for scrutineering. 2. verb /ˈskɹuː.tɪn.ɪə(ɹ)/ to scrutinise; to thoroughly check that an entered car or motorbike, etc, meets the rules …   Wiktionary

  • scrutineer — scru|ti|neer [ˌskru:tıˈnıə US tnˈır] n BrE an official who checks that the votes in an election are counted fairly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scrutineer — scru|ti|neer [ ,skrutn ır ] noun count BRITISH someone who examines something carefully, especially an official whose job is to examine or count the votes in an election and see that it was fair …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scrutineer — scru·ti·neer || ‚skruːtɪ nɪr / nɪə n. critic, examiner, official inspector (mainly of voting ballots) …   English contemporary dictionary

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