Chelmsford City Council

Upcoming elections

The UK Government has decided to postpone the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner elections that were due to take place in May 2020. They will now go ahead on 6 May 2021 as a combined poll with the Essex County Council elections.. 

Following the resignation of Councillor Mark Springett, we have published a Notice of Casual Vacancy. This relates to the office of City Councillor for the Moulsham Lodge ward.

However, we will not hold an election to fill this vacancy until 6 May 2021, or another date fixed by the Secretary of State by order.

The legislation requiring the postponement of such polls is "Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020".

Poll Clerk

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.


Verification/Count Assistant

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.

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Last updated: 30 April 2020

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