At times throughout the year we have vacancies for a number of paid roles working at elections and referendums, and canvassing in the area. Please see details of current vacancies below.

Polling Staff Vacancies

The role of polling station staff is to ensure that voters are able to cast their vote in secret and free from influence.

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. On polling day, staff are required to arrive at the polling station at least half an hour earlier to set up the equipment in time for opening. In order to maintain the secrecy of the vote, staff must not leave the premises during polling hours.

Presiding Officer

Presiding Officers are responsible for the conduct of the ballot in polling stations and must have a good knowledge of the voting procedure.

Poll Clerk

Poll Clerks assist the Presiding Officer in the conduct of the ballot in the polling station.

Counting Staff Vacancies

The role of counting staff is to open the ballot boxes, verify that the number of ballot papers inside each ballot box matches the number of ballot papers issued and then count the number of votes for each candidate at the election.

Count Assistant

Count Assistants work as part of a team to quickly and accurately sort and count ballot papers, under the direction of a Count Supervisor.

Canvassing Vacancies

The role of canvassing staff is to assist the Electoral Registration Officer with an annual canvass of households within the electoral area for purpose of publishing a revised register of electors each year.

The annual canvass takes place over several weeks each autumn.


Canvassers are required to visit all of the properties they are assigned and attempt to obtain a completed canvass form for each properties.

Apply for a Role

If you would like to be considered for any of these roles, please click the button below to complete an application form.

  • All roles are paid on a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) basis, which means that tax may be deducted from earnings. If you are not a tax payer you will be responsible for claiming the tax back from HMRC
  • Any work that you do may affect any state pension or benefit that you receive. You will be responsible for telling your pension or benefit provider about your earnings
  • Any work that you do  may affect  how much tax that you are required to pay. You will be responsible for telling HMRC about your earnings


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