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Working at Elections

Have you ever thought of getting involved at election time by either working at a polling station or at the count?

When elections take place we sometimes need to recruit extra staff to ensure the election goes ahead smoothly. We hold a database of staff who we write to prior to an election asking about their availability, but we are always looking for enthusiastic staff who are interested in supporting the election process to fill any vacancies that may arise.


You must be at least 18 years of age.

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, payslips, etc)

If you are registered unemployed, you are advised to consult your local unemployment benefits office before you accept any offer of employment we may make you.

Political Restrictions

Elections staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate or sign any nomination paper for a candidate standing at an election.

Working Hours

Elections staff must consent to working in excess of the normal working hours provided for by the Working Time Directive

Appointments Process

All appointments are temporary and undertaken on behalf of the Returning Officer or the Electoral Registration Officer.  You will not be employed by Fenland District Council and there is no guarantee of work at subsequent elections.

We often have more applications than vacancies and if someone is not initially allocated to a role then they will be added to our staffing list to fill vacancies should they arise.  We will consider the person's experience, availability and where they live in offering a role.

We will not be able to respond to all applications.

Election Roles

Polling Staff - Presiding Officer/Poll Clerk - Responsible for the conduct of the ballot in each polling station, making sure the proper procedure for voting is followed.  On election day, polling staff are required to work from 6.30am until after 10.00pm without leaving the polling station.  They are also required to attend a training session.

Counting/Verification Staff - Responsible for verifying and counting the votes after the close of poll, at the time and place appointed by the Returning Officer.  This can go through to the early hours of the morning or during the day following the election.

Postal Vote Staff - Responsible for issuing and opening postal votes, which usually takes place during the day time.

How to Apply

If you are interested in election work, please read all the information in the job descriptions and complete the Elections Starter Form, which are available on this page.

Please return your completed and signed Elections Starter Form to:


or post it to: Electoral Services Team,  Fenland District Council, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, Cambs, PE15 8NQ.