Employment at elections

Applying to work for the Elections Team

Have you ever thought of getting involved at election time by either working at a polling station or at the count? Our Elections Team is always looking for new people to help us, and would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming involved.


You must be at least 16 years of age to work in a polling station staff or as a counting assistant. You must also be entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996).

  • If successful, prior to taking up your appointment, you must provide evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK by showing us either:
    • your valid passport, or
    • your birth certificate and proof of National Insurance Number (for example,  P60, P45, payslip)
  • Polling and count staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate
  • Polling and count staff must consent to working in excess of the normal working hours provided for by the Working Time Directive

Have you got what it takes to join us?

We are always looking to recruit motivated and dynamic staff to fill any vacancies that occur. A brief description of the jobs available is as follows:

Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks

The polling station staff are appointed by the Returning Officer, and are responsible for the conduct of the ballot, making sure that the proper procedures for voting are followed. On the day of the election, polling station staff must be on duty from 6.30am until shortly after 10pm. All staff employed to work at a polling station must attend a training session before taking up their appointment.

Counting Assistants

Counting assistants are employed to verify and count the votes cast at polling stations, together with the postal votes received in the run-up to polling day. Verification usually takes place after the polls close (10pm on polling day), with the actual counting of votes either later that evening, or the following morning. The Count is usually held in Dingwall, but depending on the type of elections.  Count staff employed will be expected to attend a training session.

How to apply

Please complete the application form below.


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