Casual elections work

Information about casual elections work.

Electoral registration canvasser

Apply to be an electoral registration canvasser

About the role 

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 mostly take place between October and early November.  

Job description 

Job purpose

To assist the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) with the annual canvass. You will be required to visit assigned properties and make attempts to obtain a completed Household Enquiry Form for all of these properties. 


  • attend a training session covering all aspects of the duties, including health and safety issues
  • visit each household within a designated area to deliver household forms and to ensure their completion. Where no contact can be made, to leave a calling card
  • deliver individual voter registration forms where required with a pre-paid envelope and information cards to addresses within a designated area
  • advise members of the public on the completion of the forms
  • attending the Electoral Services Office in person at regular intervals as directed by the Electoral Registration Officer or supervisor
  • recording information about properties, including new properties and properties that no longer exist
  • sorting collected forms into order, as directed by the electoral registration office staff
  • maintaining other clerical records, as necessary
  • working co-operatively with colleagues within electoral registration and across the wider organisation
  • complying with the statutory provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • ensuring that confidentiality is respected and maintained at all times including compliance with the requirements of the General Data Protections Regulations (GDPR) 
  • performing any other duty as directed by line management. 

Person specification


  • basic numeracy and literacy skills
  • ability to use tact when dealing with the public
  • ability to meet deadlines
  • well developed oral communication skills including an ability to effectively communicate with members of the public.
  • the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with internal and external colleagues
  • ability to work independently and to show initiative
  • availability to work evenings and weekends throughout the period of employment
  • access to a mobile phone for health and safety reasons (Canvassing involves lone working)


  • experience of electoral registration procedures, electoral registration canvassing or election duties
  • experience of working in a customer service environment.

How to apply

Complete the application form to work on elections/canvass.