Elections - Staffing and Recruitment

Applying to Work at Elections

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 like to hear from you if you are interested in becoming involved.  Polling station and verification & count staff are recruited and appointed by the Returning Officer. 


You must be at least 18 years of age to work in a polling station or assist with the annual canvass, whereas you need only be 16 years of age to work 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 (eg. P60, P45, payslip, etc.).
  • 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.

Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks

The polling hours are 7am to 10pm.  Staff need to arrive at the polling station at 6.30 am to set up, be there until the close of poll.

Each polling station will have a Presiding Officer who will be responsible for the overall running of the polling station and at least one Poll Clerk.

The main duties of polling staff are to:

  • act impartially at all times
  • provide assistance to voters where appropriate
  • assist with the layout of the polling station and prepare for the opening of the poll
  • issue ballot papers to voters
  • check if voters are eligible to vote
  • check and mark each voter's number in the Register of Electors

Please read the Job Descriptions for each role which can be found below.

Verification & Count Assistants

Verification & Count 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.  Hours vary depending on the type of election.

The timing of the verification and count has not yet been decided. 


  • Presiding Officer gross fee is £214.00.
  • Poll Clerk gross fee is £130.00. 
  • A gross fee of £10.00 per hour is also payable for attending the training session. 
  • Verification & Count Assistant gross fee is £10.00 per hour (daytime), £15.00 per hour (evening). 
  • Mileage is not paid for attending the training session or for verification or count duties.

All election fees will be subject to the statutory deduction of standard rate income tax unless we have been notified of a tax code.  Election staff payments will be paid by BACs straight into your bank account.  New applicants will need to complete the Elections Starter form.


Please complete and return the Election Starter form either by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Elections Team, Richmondshire District Council, Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond DL10 4JX 

Elections Starter Form       

docxWord pdfPDF 
pdfPresiding Officer's Job Description    

pdfPoll Clerk's Job Description


pdfTable Supervisor's Job Description


pdfVerification & Count Assistant's Job Description


pdfInspecting Officer's Job Description


Contact Us

Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186
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