Polling station staff are responsible for the conduct of the ballot in each polling station. On Election Day, polling station staff have to work from 6am until after 10pm without leaving the polling station.
You are allowed to bring food and things to do (such as books/magazines) during the day. However, you must ensure there is always someone present and available to welcome electors and issue ballot papers.
If you have experience in working in a polling station, you should let us know. We may be able to offer you more responsibility, such as the role of Presiding Officer.
We provide training before each election.
We employ counting staff to verify and count the votes either overnight following the election or the day after. We can’t guarantee the duration of the count and you should bear this in mind when accepting the appointment.
You will work in teams of varying sizes as decided by the Electoral Team. You can take a break when a team leader considers it appropriate. We will provide tea coffee, other beverages and snacks during these breaks.
You don’t need prior training for this role as team leaders will hold a briefing on arrival.
Register your interest
If you would like to work at an election, you can register your interest. The rate of pay may vary for different elections.
After you have submitted your application, we will contact you to arrange an informal chat at our Civic Centre. During this visit, you will need to bring some documentation about your right to work. You will also need to download and complete:
You can upload these with your expression of interest form, or bring them with you on the day. If you are unable to print them off, you can fill them in when you visit us.