Elections staffing and recruitment

Counting assistants

What are the duties?

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 (10:00 p.m. 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.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply as a counting assistant, you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996). We will need to see a valid passport or your birth certificate and proof of your National Insurance number to support this.

How do I apply?

A full job description and application form can be downloaded:

  • Counting assistant - job description
  • application form

Download the documents

Once you have read through the job description for the role, download and complete the application form and email or post your completed form:

  • Post: The Elections Team, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Castle House, Barracks Road, Newcastle ST5 1BL