Election jobs

Verification/count assistant

Count team

The purpose of the 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.

The count assistant role

The role of the count assistant is not difficult, but duties are undertaken in a pressurised environment and the greatest of care has to be taken to ensure that mistakes are not made.


Count assistants will work in teams of varying sizes as designated by the Returning Officer.

As directed by a count supervisor, they will:

  • Verify the contents of the ballot boxes
  • Count the number of ballot papers in a ballot box
  • Re-count if required
  • Count
  • Divide ballot papers into votes for individual candidates and count them using the method designated by the Returning Officer
  • Re-count if required

The length of time a count takes will depend on the size and nature of the election and whether re-counts are required. You must be prepared to stay as long as it takes, and bring your own food.

The Returning Officer is not permitted to employ anyone who is/or has carried out duties on behalf of any political party or candidate at the election. All staff will be required to sign their agreement to maintain the secrecy of the poll.

Last updated: 24/08/2017 08:51