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Working at the 2021 elections

Register your interest to work at the 2021 election

Each year we employ hundreds of staff at election time to make sure that the process is run smoothly, in an open and transparent way.

We're looking for new people to work with us and would love to hear from you if you're interested.

A number of elections are taking place in May 2021 so if you're interested in helping us run the elections then sign up to our staff database.

The elections take place on 6 May 2021, and they include unitary, town and parish and Police and Crime Commissioner, as well as 10 neighbourhood plan referendums.

All election venues we use will have COVID measures in place to ensure your safety.

The roles

There are a number of roles that we need support with. We will have full job descriptions available soon but below is an outline of the main duties involved in each role.

The main roles we need support with are Presiding Officers, Poll Clerks, postal vote opening, and general support staff. There may also be a need for some counting staff.

Presiding Officer

People in this role will manage a small team of poll clerks, maintain secrecy of the ballot and liaise appropriately with people including tellers, polling station inspectors and party agents.

  • You must have previous experience as a presiding officer or been a Poll Clerk on at least two occasions;
  • The hours of poll are 7am - 10pm, and the Presiding Officer must arrive no later than 6:15am to set up polling station and take ballot box to designated count centre;
  • You cannot leave the polling station
  • Please be prepared and comfortable to wear a mask for 15 hours and adhere to social distancing.

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Poll Clerk

The Poll Clerk works under the Presiding Officers, and they assist with keeping the polling station clean and tidy, hand out ballot papers and answer electors' questions.

  • The hours of poll are 7am - 10pm on 6 May, and the Poll Clerk must arrive no later than 6:15am to assist the Presiding Officer with the setting up of the polling station and also assist with close of poll at 10pm
  • You cannot leave the polling station
  • Please be prepared and comfortable to wear a mask for 15 hours and adhere to social distancing.

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Postal vote opening staff

Postal vote opening staff open postal vote packs, check paperwork has been completed correctly and count the numbers of packs and votes returned. Sessions will take place daily within normal office hours from 19 April. The location of postal vote opening sessions is County Hall, Trowbridge. On the day of the election on 6 May there will be an additional opening sessions at 6pm and 10pm.

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Support staff

We have a wide range of other interesting jobs, all of which are vital to run a smooth election. These vary from office jobs to preparing equipment for polling stations and this  year will include additional roles to support the running of a COVID-secure count.

If you are flexible and don't mind rolling up your sleeves, we would like to hear from you.

We will email members of the support team as and when work arises.

Count Supervisor

The Count Supervisor will supervise and lead a team of varying size as designated by the Returning Officer. Their role includes allocating contents of ballot boxes to be counted by Count Assistants, supervise the counting of the ballot papers, and be an important part of the verification process. People carrying out this role will need to be available to during 7-10 May 2021 (you can specify which days you are available although ideally we would need people every day).

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Count assistant

The Count Assistant verifies and counts the number of ballot papers in a ballot box and alerts the Count Supervisor of any doubtful ballot papers. People carrying out this role will need to work during 7-10 May 2021 (you can specify which days you are available although ideally we would need people every day).

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How to sign up to work in the elections

Simply fill in our quick and easy form to let us know which role you're interested in and the days you are available. We will then come back to you if your support will be required. We will also keep your email address on our staff database for future elections when we require staff.

Line manager's approval (Wiltshire Council staff only)

Before applying for any job, you should confirm with your line manager that they are happy to release you from your usual role from the days you will be required. If you are offered polling station or count duties on days you would normally work, your acceptance must be agreed by your line manager.

Delivering a safe election is the council's priority but we must also ensure we are able to keep our services running for residents across Wiltshire.

Register your interest to work at the 2021 election