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Election Staffing and Recruitment

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 to recruit motivated and dynamic staff to fill any vacancies that occur, and would love to hear from you if you're interested in becoming involved.


You must be at least 18 years of age to work in a polling station as staff or to 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 (such as 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

Have you got what it takes to join us?

A brief description of the jobs available is as follows:

Presiding Officers, Poll Clerks and Polling Station Marshalls

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. For the upcoming elections on 6 May 2021, we are also looking to appoint Polling Station Marshalls. Polling Station Marshalls will be responsible for ensuring that polling stations will be Covid-safe places to vote. More information on the role can be found below.

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 at Keele Ballroom.

How to apply

Please take a moment to read the full job descriptions attached to this page. Then download and complete the relevant application form(s) from the list and send your completed form(s) electronically to electreg@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk or by post to The Elections Team, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Castle House, Barracks Road, Newcastle ST5 1BL.

Word version PDF version
Job Description Presiding Officer (MS Word 42Kb) Job Description Presiding Officer (PDF 142kb)
Job Description Poll Clerk (MS Word 40Kb) Job Description Poll Clerk (PDF 137kb)
Job Description Polling Station Marshall (MS Word 41kb) Job Description Polling Station Marshall (PDF 104kb)
Job Description Count Assistant (MS Word 40Kb) Job Description Count Assistant (PDF 26kb)
Application Form - Election Staff (MS Word 405Kb) Application Form - Election Staff (PDF 144kb)


Last updated 4 March 2021

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