Working for elections
Have you ever thought of getting involved at election time by either working at a polling station or assisting in the counting of votes?
Have you ever thought of getting involved at election time, or maybe you have spare time throughout the year to go door-knocking as part of the annual canvass of households?
We're always on the lookout for motivated and dynamic staff to fill any vacancies, and we'd love to hear from you if you're interested in becoming involved.
There are minimum requirements to undertake election or canvassing duties, you must be:
- at least 18 years of age
- entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996)
- must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate, if polling or count staff
- must consent to working in excess of the normal working hours provided for by the working time directive, if polling or count staff
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 will need to work from 6:15am 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.
Postal votes staff
Staff are employed to open postal votes in accordance with the election timetable.
How to apply
Please complete and return an application form, or if you'd like to talk to us about a role, contact Democratic and Electoral Services on 01452 396 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org