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Election staff

Polling stations

We're currently recruiting temporary election staff to work as poll clerks and count assistants at the local elections, which take place on Thursday 6 May.

We have been working with the Electoral Commission, Government and public health officials to ensure election staff can work in COVID-19 secure polling stations and counts.

This work remains under constant review in order for safety measures to adhere to the latest public health guidance.

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 10.15pm 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.

Count Assistants

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

We currently plan to verify votes cast in all local elections on Thursday 6 May, with counts assistants required to be at the count venue between 8.30pm and 9pm.

On Friday 7 May, count assistants need to be at the venue between 8.30am and 9am to count the votes cast in the Warwickshire County Council elections. Count assistants for the Rugby Borough Council and parish council election counts need to be at the venue between 4.30pm and 5pm.

We plan to count the votes cast in the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner election on Monday 10 May, with count assistants required to be at the venue at around 9am.

You can request to work at one or more of the count sessions. Please make it clear which sessions you want to work at when you complete the application form.

Payment for count assistants changes from election to election.

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

Apply to work at the elections


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