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Working at elections

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Working at elections

Our elections team is always looking to recruit motivated and enthusiastic staff for:

  • working at polling stations
  • counting votes

We would love to hear from you if you’re interested in becoming involved.  

You could help us by playing an important role for your local community. It’s also a great way to earn some extra money. 

Working at a polling station 

Polling station staff are responsible for making sure voting procedures are correctly followed. On election day, staff must have their polling station set up and ready to open for 7am, working through the day until after the polls close at 10pm.   

Available roles: 

If you have further questions, please contact us at [email protected] 

Working at the count 

Counting assistants count the votes cast at polling stations, together with any postal votes. Depending on the election, counting may take place straight after the polls close (10pm on polling day) or on the following day.  

Available roles: 

Eligibility for election roles

To work at elections, you must: 

  • be at least 18 years old at a polling station and at least 16 years old to work at the count (over 18 if it’s an overnight count) 
  • be entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 2006
  • not work on behalf of a candidate during the election campaign 
  • not be related to a potential candidate 
  • consent to working in excess of normal working hours outlined in the working time directive 
  • comply with secrecy requirements which will be supplied to all staff 

How to apply 

Please read the descriptions of the jobs we have available, then email [email protected] to express your interest. We will then send you the necessary information to apply. 

Information we’ll hold about you 

We will keep information about you for electoral recruitment purposes. To find out how we store your personal data, please read our privacy notice.