Election staff

We have a team of temporary election staff who work as poll clerks and count assistants at elections in the borough.

We welcome expressions of interest in joining our team.

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 currently clerks receive approximately £130, with an additional payment for training.

Count Assistants

Our count assistants verify and count the votes cast at an election. Count assistants need to be at the count venue at 9.30pm. When the count finishes depends on a number of factors, including the number of votes cast and whether a recount or recounts take place.

Payment for count assistants changes from election to election, but currently assistants receive approximately £90.

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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