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Working at elections

Our Elections Team is looking to recruit motivated and enthusiastic staff. We would love to hear from you if you’re interested in getting involved.

You could help us by playing an important role for your local community, plus it’s 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.

Election roles 


You must be at least 18 years old to work in a polling station or as a counting assistant and we can only accept applications from people who are not employed by any political party or candidate at an election, including unpaid work.

We must comply with legislation to prevent the employment of illegal workers. You will be asked to provide your passport with any relevant supporting documents which confirm you're entitled to work in the UK.

Anyone appointed to work at a polling station or at the count must be able to work flexible hours as needed during this period. You will be required to work more than the normal maximum working hours and must agree to accept this.


The rates of pay for election staff depend on the job role and the type of election. The amounts will be confirmed before an election.

How to apply

To express an interest in any of these roles, email the Elections team. If you're not initially allocated for a post, you will be added to our reserve list.

Information we hold about you

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