Working at elections

Find out about working at an election and the roles available

To ensure elections run smoothly and efficiently we need staff to fill a number of roles.

Required Skills

You don't need any specific qualifications, but some work experience is helpful and you must meet the following requirements:

  • be at least 18 years of age to work
  • have a National Insurance Number
  • have a valid email address
  • have the right to work in the UK (proof of right to work will be required)
  • work more than the normal working hours provided for by the working time directive

You can't work at an election if you're campaigning on behalf of a candidate or party, if you're nominated as a candidate or have a personal relationship with an elected member or candidate.

Roles and job descriptions

Polling Station - Polling Clerk 

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

Read the Polling Clerk job description  

Polling Clerk job description (PDF) [458KB]

Count Venue Enumerator

The purpose of the Verification/Count team is to open ballot boxes, ensure the contents agree with the Ballot Paper Accounts and then count the votes for each candidate in the election.

Read the Count Venue Enumerator job description

Count Venue Enumerator job description (PDF) [450KB]

Further Information

If you wish to express an interest in working at an election or would like any other information email  


Last modified on 30 May 2024