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Working for electoral services

The Electoral Services office takes on casual staff at different times of the year to help run elections and the annual canvass of voters.

Canvassers

Canvassers are usually employed in September and October during the annual canvass. They visit properties where a response has not yet been received to either collect or encourage a response. They can make their calls during working hours and/or during the evenings or weekends.

Polling station workers

Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks are employed to carry out duties at polling stations. Polling station workers are required to work from 6.15am until after 10.00pm without leaving the polling station.

Count workers

Count assistants help to count the votes once the polling stations have closed. They will need to work from 9.15pm until the count is completed, which could be around 3am or later.

Postal vote workers

Postal vote workers are employed to issue and open postal votes on a number of days in the weeks prior to election day.

Eligibility

  • We can only accept applications from people who are not employed by any political party or candidate at an election (including unpaid work).

  • We have to comply with legislation to prevent the employment of illegal workers. You will be asked to provide your passport with any relevant supporting documents which confirm you are entitled to work in the UK.

  • Anyone who is appointed to work at a polling station or at the count must be able to work flexible hours as needed during this period. They may be required to work in excess of the normal maximum working hours and must agree to accept this.

How to apply

Download and complete an application form and send it to us either by post or email.

You will need to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, for example a copy of a British passport.

It is not possible to confirm receipt of all applications. We will contact you if a suitable role becomes available or if we require further information.

Contacting Electoral Services

Electoral Service Office
St Albans City and District Council 
Civic Centre 
St Peters Street
St Albans 
AL1 3JE

Tel: 01727 819294 
Email: elections@stalbans.gov.uk