Elections Casual Work
Have you ever thought about getting involved at election time by either working at a polling station or assisting in the counting of votes? Do you have spare time throughout the year to go door-knocking as part of the annual canvass of households?
We are always on the lookout for motivated and dynamic staff to fill any vacancies that may occur, and we would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming involved.
To undertake election or canvassing duties you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996)
Polling and count staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, or be related to a prospective candidate.
Each autumn canvassers are employed to make personal visits to properties where the occupants have not responded to the annual canvass form. This is to ensure that all eligible residents are registered. Canvass work can be fitted round your other commitments and will predominantly take place between October and early November.
Polling Station Staff
The polling station staff are responsible for the conduct of the ballot in each polling station. On election day polling station staff are required to work from 6.15am until after 10pm without leaving the polling station.
Presiding officers are responsible for everything that goes on in their polling station. The presiding officer issues the ballot paper(s) to the voter and takes the ballot box to the count centre after the close of poll. Read more about the role of a presiding officer.
The role of the poll clerk is to assist the presiding officer in the running of the polling station. Read more about the role of a poll clerk.
Count assistants work at the count centre after the close of poll, either overnight after the polls close on polling day or the day after polling day. They are responsible for counting the number of ballot papers in each ballot box (verifying) and counting the number of votes for each candidate. Read more about the role of a count assistant.
Postal Votes Staff
Staff are employed to open postal votes so that they are ready to be taken to the Count once polling has closed. This usually takes place during office hours on weekdays.
Rates of Pay
The rates of pay for election staff vary depending on the job role and the type of election. The amounts will be confirmed prior to an election.
In the run-up to an election we will write to all registered staff and ask them to indicate their availability. If you indicate that you are available we will contact you with a Letter of Appointment which must be signed and returned by the deadline indicated.
For each election, the Returning Officer appoints polling and counting staff, and some staff for other duties e.g. clerks for the issue and opening of postal votes.
How to Apply
If you are interested, please read the relevant job descriptions and person specifications available to download above. Then complete a copy of the Elections Staff Application Form and email it to: email@example.com