Working at elections
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, nor 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.
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 6am until after 10pm without leaving the polling station.
Counting staff are employed to count the votes either overnight following the election or the day after. This role requires high levels of concentration and accuracy.
Postal votes staff
Staff are employed to issue and open postal votes - this usually takes place during the day time only.
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.