Have you ever thought of getting involved with elections by working at a polling station on Election Day or at the count following the election?

Our Elections Team is always looking to recruit motivated and dynamic staff to fill any vacancies that occur. We would love to hear from you if you're interested in becoming involved.

Am I eligible to work at the elections?

To work at the elections, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Entitled to work in the UK ((in accordance with the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996). If successful, prior to taking up your appointment, you must provide evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Agree to work in excess of the normal working hours provided for by the Working Time Directive

What Positions are available?

Polling station staff are responsible for the conduct of the ballot and making sure everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, without facing barriers or undue influence.

Presiding Officers have overall responsibility for their allocated polling station.  They must comply with the law and instructions of the Returning Officer to ensure the polling station is run correctly. They must have a good knowledge of voting procedures and have experience working at Polling Stations previously.

Poll Clerks assist the Presiding Officer to run a polling station. They help to set up polling station equipment, assist in the issue of ballot papers to members of the public, mark the electoral register and assist in the accurate completion of paperwork.

On Election Day polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Staff must be on duty from 6:30 a.m. until shortly after 10 p.m.

Working in a polling station is not subject to the European Working Time Directive and due to this there are no guaranteed breaks during the day. Staff are not permitted to leave the station during the day.

Staff are required to bring food and drink for the duration of the day at the polling station.

All staff employed to work at a polling station must undertake training before taking up their appointment.  It is expected that this will be carried out online.

Staff are paid a fixed rate for their role; the rate will be detailed by appointment letter

You will receive approximately £220 for the day as a Presiding Officer and £144 for the day as a Poll Clerk. You will also be paid for the time spent training.

Count Staff are employed in a number of roles to assist in the counting of votes cast at an election.

This year, counting will take place on

  • Thursday 6 May (All Elections verification). The verification takes place after the poll close until approximately 3 a.m. You will be paid a minimum of £50.
  • Friday 7 May (Devon County Councils Count followed by District and Parish elections, and neighbourhood plan referendums). This count takes place during the day, probably from 9.30 a.m. until 3p.m. (approximately). You will be paid at £10 p/h.
  • Monday 10 May (Police and Crime Commissioner's elections). This count also takes place during the day. Stage 1 will start at approximately 9.30 a.m. There will be a break at approximately 1 p.m and stage 2 will start after this. Last time the count was completed at approximately 6 p.m. You will be paid at £10 p/h.

How can I apply?

Please click on the button below to complete the application form

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