- a public official appointed to conduct and preside at an election.
Origin of returning officer
First recorded in 1720–30
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Examples from the Web for returning officer
The borough comprises the parish, and the returning-officer is the Mayor.
- (in Britain, Canada, Australia, etc) an official in charge of conducting an election in a constituency or electoral district, who supervises the counting of votes and announces the results
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