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Paid Volunteers for polling stations

Paid Volunteers for polling stations

Local authorities are looking for paid volunteers to work at polling stations or counts for the elections which are taking place between 6 May - 10 May.

Safe and secure polls are the cornerstone of our democracy and this is a great opportunity to support local elections teams to deliver COVID-secure and effective elections.

Last year, various local elections and polls were postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They are now going ahead on 6 May 2021, and local authorities are looking for paid volunteers to fill a number of different roles between 6 May - 10 May. They need your help to make sure the polls can run in a COVID-secure and effective way - safe and secure elections are a cornerstone of democracy.

If you are over 18 and entitled to work in the UK you could be a:

  • Poll Clerk - support the Presiding Officer who is responsible for the conduct of the ballot and making sure everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, without facing barriers or undue influence. Please only apply if you are available to work all day on Thursday 6 May. On the day of the poll, polling station staff should expect to need to be at their venue by just after 6am and to be on duty until around 10-11pm.

  • Counting Assistant - employed to verify and count the votes cast at polling stations. Please only apply if you are available to work between 6 - 10 May. Hours required depend on the number of days of counting locally. They are typically around 6-7 hours on poll night (around 9pm-3/4am), and/or 6 to 7 hours on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and/or Monday.

Pay offered will vary by role and local authority, but is likely to be between £135 and £250 per day.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 25th April. To find out more about the positions and to apply, please complete the Cabinet Office survey via this link.

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