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Election staff

We're currently recruiting temporary election staff to work as poll clerks and count assistants at local and national elections.

All election staff receive full training before polling day.

Poll Clerks

Poll clerks work with a polling station presiding officer to ensure voting follows proper procedure.

On election day, poll clerks work from 6.30am to 10.30pm without leaving the polling station. Duties include lifting and moving equipment, including polling booths and tables.

Poll clerks need to be literate, numerate and able to work calmly under pressure. Clerks should also have the use of a car.

Payment for poll clerks changes from election to election, but successful applicants receive additional payment for training.

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Count Assistants

Our count assistants verify and count the votes cast at an election.

Count assistants need to arrive at the count venue at 9.30pm on the day of an election and work until the results have been declared.

Payment for count assistants changes from election to election.

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How to apply

Before completing our online application form, please note:

  • the council has a duty to check you're entitled to work in the UK - you'll need to provide your National Insurance number and either your original passport or other relevant supporting information
  • if you claim benefits, your payment for working at the election may affect your benefit claim - you should consult your benefits office before accepting an offer of employment
  • you cannot apply if you work on behalf of a political party or candidate at an election, or are related to a prospective election candidate
  • successful applicants consent to work in excess of the maximum working hours. For security reasons, election staff cannot leave a polling station or the count before completion

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