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Working for electoral services

May 2021 elections

Local elections are taking place on Thursday 6 May and St Albans City and District Council has a number of election job opportunities.

We ask that you only apply for election roles if you would be prepared to work under any COVID restrictions. We can assure you that we will be running our elections in a COVID-secure environment for all available roles.

Our plans include thorough cleaning at polling stations, one way systems, observing social distancing and communication to voters asking them to wear masks and sanitise their hands. Polling station staff will be provided with PPE, hand sanitiser and online training.

Polling station staff will need to work on Thursday, 6 May 2021 and will ensure that voters are able to cast their vote in secret, free from influence and in a calm atmosphere.

If you are a good communicator, methodical, and quick to learn, apply to work in one of the many polling stations in our authority. The following roles are available:

  • Presiding Officers are experienced polling station staff with good knowledge of the voting process. They must be able to manage a small team of poll clerks, ensure that people with additional needs can cast their vote, liaise appropriately with tellers, party agents and polling station inspectors, and maintain the secrecy of the ballot. The payment for this role is between £360 and £380 dependent on the number of elections in the polling station.
  • Poll Clerks work under the direction of the Presiding Officer. They assist with keeping the polling station clean and tidy, answer electors' questions and hand out ballot papers. The payment for this role is between £190 and £200 dependent on the number of elections in the polling station. No prior experience is necessary.
  • Polling Station Marshalls will greet and direct electors, ensure that queues are managed to maintain social distancing, hand out masks where necessary and carry out regular cleaning at the polling station. We would advise that although there will be the opportunity to have a break this work will require you to be standing and outside. The payment for this role is £190. No prior experience is necessary.

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.

Applying for a job

To express an interest in any of these roles please complete an elections application form at the link below.

Please note the following terms of employment:

  • election roles are paid on a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) basis, which means that tax may be deducted from your earnings. If you are not a tax payer you will be responsible for claiming the tax back from HMRC;
  • any work that you do may affect any state pension or benefit that you receive. You will be responsible for telling your pension or benefit provider about your earnings;
  • any work you do may affect how much tax that you are required to pay. You will be responsible for telling HMRC about your earnings;
  • you will be required to provide proof of entitlement to work in the UK.

 

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