Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Scrutineer Definition:

A person enlisted to assist in the conduct of a vote.

In regards to voting at meeting, the chair of a meeting may enlist scrutineers.

The office of scrutineer is recognized in parliamentary law and procedure as those person who, though not necessarily voting members of an organization, are called upon by the chair or secretary of an organization to assist in the voting process.

Scrutineers collect, verify and count votes or ballots.

They verify proxies.

They verify that every person purporting to submit a ballot or vote is duly qualified by checking the relevant voting list.


  • Kerr, K. and King, H., Procedures for Meetings and Organizations (Toronto: Carswell, 1996)
  • Nathan, H., Wainberg’s Company Meetings (Toronto: CCH Canadian Ltd., 1998), pages 40-41.
  • Robert, H., Robert’s Rules of Order, 10th Edition (Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus Publishing, 2000)

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