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Election and canvass staff vacancies

Polling station jobs:

Other electoral jobs:

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Applying to work for the Electoral Services Team

Have you ever thought of getting involved at election time by either working at a polling station or at the count?

Do you have some spare time in the Autumn to visit properties as part of the annual household canvass?

We are always looking for new people to help us, and would like to hear from you if you are interested in becoming involved.

How to apply:

If you are interested in any of the jobs below and would like to be sent an application form, please get in touch with the Electoral Services team at:

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Eligibility

You must be at least 18 years of age to work in a polling station or assist with the annual canvass, and 16 years of age to work as a counting assistant.

You must also be entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996).

If successful, prior to taking up your appointment, you must provide evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK by showing us either your valid passport or your birth certificate and proof of National Insurance Number (eg P60, P45, payslip, etc.).

Note: Polling station, postal vote and count staff:

  • must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate
  • must consent to working in excess of the normal working hours provided for by the Working Time Directive

All appointments are directly for the Returning Officer or the Electoral Registration Officer and not for the Councils and are of a casual nature only.

We often have more applications than vacancies, so if someone is not initially allocated for a post then they are added to our reserve list in case allocated staff drop out. We then get in touch with our reserves as appropriate vacancies arise. We consider the person's experience, availability, preferences, where they live or whether they have access to a car and are prepared to travel.

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Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks

Polling station staff are appointed by the Returning Officer, and are responsible for the conduct of the ballot, making sure that the proper procedures for voting are followed.

On the day of the election, polling station staff need to be at their venue by 6:15am and are on duty until shortly after 10:00pm.

All staff employed to work at a polling station must attend a training session before taking up their appointment.

For more details please see the:

If you are interested in these vacancies please see:

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Counting Assistants and Supervisors

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.

Count Supervisors manage teams of Assistants.

Verification and the actual counting of votes takes place usually later that evening, or the following morning. This is usually held at either:

  • Impulse Leisure, Lancing Manor, Manor Road, Lancing BN15 0PH
    or
  • Worthing Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing, BN11 1HQ

For more details please see the:

If you are interested in these vacancies please see:

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Postal vote issuers and openers

Postal vote issuers ensure that postal vote packs are sent out to all electors and contain the correct ballot papers.

Postal vote openers work over the days immediately preceding an election to open and check the contents of returned postal vote packs (they do not count the votes).

For more details please see the:

If you are interested in these vacancies please see:

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Electoral Registration Canvassers

Each year the Electoral Services Office for Adur & Worthing Councils updates the Register of Electors. This is called the annual canvass and takes place between August and November each year. The revised Register of Electors is then published on 1st December each year.

During the annual canvass, household enquiry forms are sent to every residential property within Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council. In subsequent months we send reminders to any property from which we have not had a response. Canvassers are then employed to make visits to properties where we still have not received a form.

For more details please see the:

If you are interested in this vacancy please see:

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