Election Job Opportunities

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Join our election staff database 

We often recruit extra temporary staff to help us to run an election and during the annual canvass. Please get in touch if you’d like to be involved. We hold a database of staff who we contact before an election to check their availability.

You can apply to join the elections database at any time by completing the application form on the ‘Apply for an Elections Job’ link above.

We are always looking to recruit enthusiastic and reliable staff to help fill our job roles in polling stations, opening postal votes and at the election count. We also need people to support the annual canvass process. 

Election and annual canvass job roles

There are a variety of roles available during an election. The temporary posts available may be fixed or variable hours for one day or a number of days to be agreed at the relevant time. Full training for all roles will be provided.

Please see more details about the different job roles in the drop-down table below.

Role types

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Polling Station Staff - Presiding Officer or Poll Clerk

Polling staff are responsible for conducting the ballot in each polling station and making sure the proper procedure for voting is followed.

On election day, polling staff work at their allocated polling station from 6.30am to after 10pm. They cannot leave the polling station during this these hours and will need to provide their own refreshments.

Polling staff must carry out training beforehand (online / in-person) - even if they have done the role before as things do change for different elections.

Presiding Officers

Presiding Officers are experienced polling station staff with a comprehensive knowledge of the voting process. They are responsible for the management of the polling station including supervision of poll clerk(s). They must comply with instructions from the Returning Officer to deliver the ballot for electors in their area safely and securely ensuring all electors are treated impartially and with respect.

Presiding Officers are responsible for collecting their ballot box and equipment in the days before the election and for delivery of the ballot to the designated drop off point after the close of poll.

Poll Clerks

Poll clerks work under the direction of the Presiding Officer with all aspects of conducting the poll at their polling station. They assist with setting up the polling station, marking of the electoral register and issuing ballot papers to voters. Poll clerks ensures all electors are treated impartially and with respect.

Postal Vote Opening - Postal Vote Clerk

Postal Vote Clerk

A Postal Vote Clerk assists with processing electors completed postal votes.

This role requires collating and checking postal votes. It is not difficult but requires great attention to detail and accuracy.

This work is usually completed in the daytime at the NKDC offices in the week(s) before an election.

Election Count Roles - Counting Assistants and Count Runners

Counting Assistants

This role involves checking and counting the votes after the election.

The verification stage – where the number of votes received are checked - is carried out in the hours after the election closes at 10pm and can go through to the early hours of the following day.

The counting stage – counting the votes for each candidate – takes place either immediately after the verification stage is complete or where there are multiple elections counting may continue the following day.

This role is not difficult but requires great attention to detail and accuracy.

Count Runner

This role helps take delivery of ballot boxes and polling station equipment being dropped off by Presiding Officers, after the close of the poll.

The role helps move ballot boxes within the Count venue to different teams as needed.

Annual Canvass

Annual Canvass

Each Autumn, canvassers are employed by the Electoral Registration Officer to make personal visits to properties where the occupants have not responded to the annual canvass form.

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  • You need to be at least 16 years old to undertake elections roles and some require you to be at least 18 years old.
  • All successful applicants will need to provide evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK.
  • You do not need to work for the Council already to work for elections.
  • The working hours are long for most election roles please consider any medical conditions that may affect your ability to do the job on the day or at night.
  • You must not be related to a political candidate standing for election
  • You must not work on behalf of a political candidate or sign any nomination paper for a candidate standing at an election.
  • You must not share or voice any political opinions during the poll and/or Election Count.

Key information you need to know before applying

  • Temporary election roles are employed by the Returning officer and NOT by North Kesteven District Council. Therefore, the Council’s employee terms and conditions do not apply, nor is there any access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • We will retain information about you for electoral recruitment purposes. Please speak to the Electoral Services team for more information on how we manager your personal data. 
  • Election roles are paid on a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) basis which means that tax may be deducted from your earnings. You are responsible for claiming tax back from HMRC.
  • 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.
  • Any work that you do may affect any benefits you receive please check before accepting any offer of employment.

How to apply for an Electoral Services job

If you would like more information on any of the electoral job positions please email elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk or phone 01529 414155 and ask to speak to the Elections Team.