from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who scrutinizes; specifically, one who acts as an examiner of votes, as at an election, etc., to see if they are valid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A scrutinizer; specifically, an examiner of votes, as at an election.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who scrutinises; a person responsible for scrutineering.
  • verb to scrutinise; to thoroughly check that an entered car or motorbike, etc, meets the rules.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who examines votes at an election


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From scrutiny +‎ -eer



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  • After the polls close, she stays up drinking scotch with the television turned up, trying to stay away from the phone while the votes are being counted. An early tip from the scrutineers has her in the lead, but the official call comes in at midnight. She has lost the seat by a small margin.
    Sarah Krasnostein, The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2017), ch. 15

    (The events take place in Australia. I've never heard this term in the US.)

    January 28, 2019