20K22

2022 - Free Election in the polling stations!


20k22 - 20.000 delegated poll-watchers in ‘22

We are here to assure free elections

What we face

In Hungary, the basis of the democratic elections - the fact that they should be free and fair -is widely questioned. According to critics, freedom of the elections is biased by applying pressure to voters towards the “right” direction, mobilization based on turnout data illegally leaking from the polling stations, and there are also reports on suspiciously high levels of invalid or missing votes in some cases.

According to the Hungarian electoral system, there are some appointed poll workers (tellers)- nominated by the local Election Office (practically by the local administration), whose impartiality is not guaranteed as in many cases they directly or indirectly depend on the local authorities. Beside them there are delegated poll-watchers - any candidate or political party has the right to delegate up to 2 poll volunteers each. In case of several political parties running in coalition, all of them have to agree and sign the delegation, and they can jointly delegate at most 2 tellers in total. Civil organizations do not have the right to delegate tellers unless they are the nominating organization.

In the last elections, the ability of Hungarian opposition parties to delegate tellers was low. According to the data of the National Election Office (NVI) 40 % of the polling stations did not have enough delegated tellers by any of the opposition parties.

Our mission

The 2022 Hungarian Parliamentary Election will have 10 285 polling stations throughout the country and our mission is that our movement - acting in the name of the joint opposition parties - delegate two tellers to each polling station ensuring an independent control of the Election.

Fulfilling this goal, we launched the 20k22 Mission!

20k22 aims to recruit and allocate more than 20. 000 well-prepared, trained, and impartial tellers to the polling stations, covering all stations in the country. These tellers will strive to ensure free elections and control the counting of the votes.

We already have experience in organizing delegates. Nevertheless, this upcoming Parliamentary election 2022 seems to be the most challenging one.

How we work

Fulfilling this mission requires a professional organizational setup and special sets of skills. Therefore, we have built a well-structured organization.

The Core team

Members (more than 100) are seasoned volunteer experts with the potential to execute such a complex and large project. The core team elaborates and operates processes, builds communication plans and connections to relevant civil organizations and political parties.

20k

The 20 000 tellers to be recruited, trained and deployed, who are the key to reaching our goal of ensuring truly free elections at the polling stations.

Work to be done

Currently, we have over 100 talented and enthusiastic volunteer experts in the team who have elaborated most of the relevant processes, are implementing them and refining them where needed.

What we need

We rely on voluntary participation.

However, there are operational expenses related to these:

  1. Staff related expenses to compensate 2-3 full time or close-to-full-time organizers, so that our goals can be delivered executed seamlessly and in good quality.
  2. Logistics – travel and accommodation costs
  3. Expenses related to 20 000+ tellers’ mass-training either on-line or on-site
  4. Call-centers to support operative teams and tellers, respectively
  5. Cost of IT elements (servers, IT development, etc.)
  6. Recruiting expenses: mainly online advertisement cost

Going ever further

By achieving the goals of this mission we are aiming to increase both the integrity and the freedom of the elections. The Hungarian election system uses a compensational votes list, allocating non-winning votes not only to losing candidates but also to the winner. This makes every vote valuable, regardless of which party is predicted to win. Such a control on the electoral process will also help re-establish trust in the elections.