Casual elections work

Information about casual elections work.

Count staff

Apply to be count staff

About the role 

The role of the Count Assistant is not difficult, but duties are undertaken in a pressurised environment and the greatest care has to be taken to ensure that mistakes are not made. 

Count assistants are required to: 

  • attend training
  • have read the Statement of Secrecy
  • act impartially at all times and respect confidentiality of material handled; and Refrain from engaging in conversations generally, but particularly with candidates, agents, councillors or guests or discussing anything of a political nature during the hours of the count

Job description 

Count assistants will work in teams of varying sizes as designated by the Returning Officer. 

As directed by a count supervisor, they will: 

  • verify the contents of their ballot boxes
  • count the number of ballot papers in a ballot box
  • re-count if required
  • divide ballot papers into votes for individual candidates and count them using the method designated by the Returning Officer

The length of time a count takes will depend on the size and nature of the election and whether re-counts are required. You must be prepared to stay as long as it takes, and may wish to bring your own refreshments. If the Count takes place immediately after the close of poll, you will start work late into the night and into the early hours of the morning. 

The Returning Officer is not permitted to employ anyone who is/or has carried out duties on behalf of any political party or candidate at the election.  You must not wear any colours relating to any Political Party. 

Person specification


  • literate and Numerate
  • good timekeeping
  • ability to remain politically neutral

Count Assistant Desirable

  • previous experience as a counting assistant
  • ability to work as a team member
  • ability to carry out work as instructed, accurately and under pressure

How to apply

Complete the application form to work on elections/canvass.