Election jobs

Overnight/daytime count assistant

The role

Overnight and daytime count assistants assist in the verifying and counting of ballot papers after the close of poll.

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

Count assistants work in teams as designated by the Returning Officer. Each team is allocated to a count supervisor, who will provide a short briefing before the count begins.

Depending on the election, the count may take place in full directly after the close of poll at 10pm, or it will be broken into two sessions: one after the close of poll at 10pm and one the following day. 

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.


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

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


Pay is determined in the run-up to an election. It will be confirmed once positions have been allocated.

These payments are based on the time that each count session is expected to take. Should the session take considerably longer than anticipated, supplementary payment will be made at the appropriate hourly rate. 

How to apply

You can apply for an election job at any time of the year. We will add all applicants to our staff database and you will be contacted for your availability when we begin staffing for our next election. The next scheduled election is the County Council election, which will take place on 1 May 2025.

If you would like to be added to the database for future elections, please let us know in your application. 

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

Usually, in the run-up to an election, we will write to everyone already listed on our staff database and ask them to indicate their availability. If you are already on our staffing database, you don’t need to apply again. 

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: ‎10/05/2024 12:53