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Guide Elections

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10. Working at an election

We are always looking to recruit staff to assist at election time.  If you would be interested in election work please complete the Election Staff form and send to elections@eastdevon.gov.uk or by post to Electoral Services, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL.

We add staff to our database as they apply. Only individuals who have a right to work in the United Kingdom and with no political affiliations are eligible to work at elections.

In the run-up to an election we will write to all registered staff and ask them to indicate their availability. If you indicate that you are available we will contact you with a Letter of Appointment which must be signed and returned by the deadline indicated.

For each election, the Returning Officer appoints polling and counting staff, and some staff for other duties e.g. clerks for the issue and opening of postal votes.

Presiding officers and poll clerks

These staff are employed to carry out duties at polling stations. They are responsible for the conduct of the ballot in each polling station, making sure that the proper procedure for voting is followed. On election day polling staff are required to work from 6:30am until after 10pm without leaving the polling station.

Counting Staff

The counting staff are employed to count the votes at the time and place appointed by the Returning Officer. This can take place on the night of election through to the early hours of the morning or during the day following the election. This role requires high levels of concentration and accuracy.

Postal Vote Staff 

Staff are employed to issue and open postal votes - this usually takes place during the day time only.

Rates of pay

The rates of pay for election staff vary depending on the job role and the type of election. The amounts will be confirmed prior to an election.