Apply to work at forthcoming elections

Poll clerks

Poll clerks are employed to carry out duties at polling stations. They are responsible for making sure that the proper procedures for voting are followed in polling stations.

On Election Day, polling staff are required to work from 6:30am until 10.00pm without leaving the polling station. Staff are also required to undertake training prior to the day which will be provided online.

Counting staff

We employ counting staff to assist in counting the votes. This usually takes place after the polling stations have closed, on the night of election, and continues into the early hours of the following morning. This role requires high levels of concentration and accuracy.


  • You must be at least 18 years of age to work in a polling station or as a counting assistant
  • If you are not employed by the council you will need to provide your passport or relevant supporting information which confirms you are entitled to work in the UK
  • When applying to undertake any of the duties above, political restrictions will apply. This will include working, promoting and undertaking any campaigning for any political party or candidate. You will find more information on this when completing the application form and/or training

Rate of pay

The rates of pay for election staff vary depending on the job role and the type of election. In 2024, the poll clerk fee will be £183.04 and the standard counting assistant fee will be £13.50 per hour.

How to apply

If you are interested in election work, read the information in the job descriptions below and then check the following eligibility information before completing the form.

Apply to work at elections

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