Working at an election
How to apply to work at elections, eligibility and rates of pay.
There are many ways that you can work to support the delivery of elections in Wiltshire. Depending on the type of election taking place there are a number of roles available.
Wiltshire Council usually recruit to roles for a planned election in the 5 months leading up to polling day. This may be different if an election is called at short notice. Full training is provided for election roles.
You can see the upcoming by-elections and national elections on our upcoming elections page.
Please read all of the information before deciding to apply to work at elections.
Eligibility to work at elections
- you must be at least 18 years old at the time of employment
- you will be asked when you apply to provide your National Insurance number and information confirming you have the right to work in the UK (usually a passport)
- if you work at an election you are not allowed to volunteer or work on behalf of a candidate or political party, nor be related to a candidate standing at that election
- if applying for a Presiding Officer role you must have a valid UK driving license and access to your own vehicle for the duration of polling day
Roles available at elections
When you complete your application form please tick all of the jobs that you are interested in being offered at future elections. Not all jobs take place on the same day so you are able to register interest for multiple jobs.
There are over 300 polling stations across Wiltshire for national elections. Working in a polling station is rewarding and you will be the front line of working at an election. The staff in the polling station are a Presiding Officer who is responsible for the smooth running of the polling station, completing legal paperwork and escalating issues to the Elections Team. The Presiding Officer usually works with 2 Poll Clerks who are responsible for issuing ballot papers. To work in a polling station, you must be able to work well as a member of a team and may have to move equipment such as polling booths at the beginning and end of the day. The hours of work are 6.15am until around 10.15pm. You are not allowed to leaving the polling station during the day.
After polling has closed all of the ballot papers must be counted. You will be checking that the number of ballot papers issued at a polling station is the correct number you find in the ballot box allocated to you at the count. You must have good communication skills, work well as a team and take responsibility for maintaining the secrecy of the ballot until counting has concluded and the declaration of results has been made.
Rates of pay
The rate of pay for election staff depends on the job role(s) you undertake. Election rates of pay are set by the government and are subject to change
For example the fees (before tax or statutory deductions) are:
- Presiding Officer - £300 including training payment
- Poll Clerk - £213 including training payment
- Count role - the average count role payment is around £80, these roles are paid by the hour so payments will differ
Election payments are usually made on the 25th day of the month.
Before you apply
You will need to upload a copy of a document showing your right to work in the UK. Check which documents can be used on the GOV.UK: Guidance - Right to work checklist.
Apply to work at elections
Complete the application form and email a copy along with your right to work document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have submitted your application
You will be added to the Electoral Services staffing database. You will receive confirmation that we have received your application and that it was valid. Closer to an election date you will be contacted by email to ask if you are available to work. If you are, you will be sent an offer of employment.
Queries relating to working at elections should be sent to email@example.com.