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So what goes on at an election count?

Penrith and the Border count Credit: ITV Border

The ballot paper you marked your X on goes through 4 stages:

  • The boxes arrive from polling stations
  • Verification, where ballot papers are checked to make sure there's the same number as recorded as leaving the polling station
  • The votes are counted
  • The result is declared

At the Penrith and the Border count, Robin Hooper, Chief Executive of Eden District Council has managed elections for almost 30 years.

He says getting his team into a well-oiled machine and competing with other constituencies to return a result fast and accurately is good fun.

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