Election jobs

Poll clerk

The role

Poll clerks assist the Presiding officer in the conduct of the ballot in the polling station. Together, they make up the Polling Station Team.

They must ensure that voters are able to cast their vote in secret, free from influence and in a calm atmosphere.

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on polling day; therefore staff must arrive at the polling station early to set up the equipment in time for opening. In order to maintain the secrecy of the vote and safeguard the integrity of the process, they should not leave the premises during polling hours.

You will be working a 16 hour day, so you must provide your own refreshments and take appropriate breaks throughout the day to avoid tiredness. However, in order to maintain the secrecy of the vote and safeguard the integrity of the process, staff are not permitted to leave the premises during polling hours.



  • Comply with any instructions from the Returning Officer
  • Ensure that all electors are treated impartially and with respect
  • Maintain the secrecy of the ballot at all times

Before polling day

  • Attend a mandatory training session provided by the Electoral Services Office

Polling day

  • Set up the polling station – this may involve some lifting to erect polling booths and move furniture
  • Keep the polling station neat and tidy
  • Check and mark electors’ electoral numbers in the register of electors and on the corresponding numbers lists
  • Issue ballot papers to voters
  • Ensure that voters cast their votes in secret and put them into the (correct) ballot box
  • Follow instructions as given by the Presiding Officer

Close of poll

  • Help to dismantle the polling station and ensure the building is returned to good order

All staff will be required to sign their agreement to maintain the secrecy of the poll.



How to apply

You can apply for an election job at any time of the year. When you apply, tell us:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your contact details (email address, telephone number)
  • Your date or birth
  • Your national insurance number
  • Your bank account details (sort code and account number)
  • The position(s) you would like to apply for

Apply for an election job

Alternatively, request a form from us: contact Electoral Services

In the run-up to an election, we will write to everyone listed on our staff database and ask them to indicate their availability. If you are available, we will appoint you to a position and send you a letter

Only individuals who have a right to work in the United Kingdom and with no political affiliations are eligible to work at elections.

Election staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, or be related to any prospective candidate.

Last updated: 19/06/2019 10:26