Opportunities to work at the election - Thursday 2 May 2019

Job roles

Poll Clerk – working on a polling station on Election Day, Thursday 2 May, from approximately 6:30am until approximately 10:15pm.

Working under the direction of the Presiding Officer on Election Day. Duties will include any or all of the following –

  • attending a training session ahead of Election Day
  • greeting voters who attend the polling station
  • marking off voters on the electoral register
  • issuing ballot papers to voters
  • writing reference numbers on the corresponding numbers list
  • dealing with queries
  • liaising with election staff
  • setting up the polling station before opening hours at 7:00am
  • closing the polling station after closing hours at 10:00pm.

Presiding Officer – working on a polling station on Election Day, Thursday 2 May, from approximately 6:30am until approximately 10:15pm.

A Presiding Officer must have worked at least twice before as a Poll Clerk, before being assigned to this role.

Taking overall responsibility for the running/operation of the Polling Station; working with a Poll Clerk/s on Election Day. Duties will include any or all of the following –

  • attending a training session ahead of Election Day
  • greeting voters who attend the polling station
  • marking off voters on the electoral register
  • issuing ballot papers to voters
  • writing reference numbers on the corresponding numbers list
  • dealing with queries
  • liaising with election staff
  • completion of all paperwork at the close of poll
  • collection of ballot box from assigned location ahead of Election Day
  • delivery of ballot box back to assigned Count location after the close of poll
  • directing the Poll Clerk/s in their duties
  • maintaining security at the polling station
  • liaising with candidates, agents and tellers
  • setting up the polling station before opening hours at 7:00am
  • closing the polling station after closing hours at 10:00pm.

Count Assistant – working at either or both of the Verification (9:30pm on Election Day) and the Count (1:00pm on both the 3 May and the 4 May) of the ballot papers.

Verification – working under the direction of the Count Supervisors, the role is to count the number of ballot papers contained within a ballot box, to balance back to the figures previously supplied by the Presiding Officer.

Count – working under the direction of the Count Supervisors, the role is to sort the ballot papers according to candidates voted for - this will mean either attaching the papers to a count sheet (grass skirt), for totalling, or making piles of particular candidates ballot papers, these piles are then counted up.

Postal Vote staff there are a number of roles at Postal Votes, the opening sessions for the Postal Votes take place over a 2 week period leading up to and including Election Day/Night. 

The roles on offer will include any of the following –

  • Opening returned postal ballot packs under the direction of the Supervisors; checking these are completed correctly; making batches of these; completing paperwork; opening ballot paper envelopes and batching these ballot papers ready to go into the Postal ballot boxes.
  • Supervising the opening process (detailed above), checking the accuracy of completed paperwork and being a first point of contact in case of any queries with the opening process (must have previous experience of the opening process before being assigned this role).
  • Scanning the security statements which are returned with the completed postal ballot packs, using a PC and scanner, must have reasonable IT skills. The role includes cropping the signatures and dates of birth on the statements for automated comparison against the master record.
  • Verification of the security statements which are flagged by the automated comparison software as requiring additional visual comparison. The role includes using a PC and a printer, must have reasonable IT skills (must have previous experience of the scanning process before being assigned this role).

All persons appointed will be required to attend a training session.

For further details contact our Elections Team on 01270 685922