Working for Electoral Services

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The Returning Officer employs people to work at each election. These people help with tasks such as working at polling stations, helping with postal votes and counting ballot papers.

We are always on the lookout for people with good customer skills to help during the elections period.

If you are interested in working for us at election time, please read the information below, complete an application form or contact us.

Polling station workers

Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks are employed to carry out duties at polling stations. On election day polling station workers are required to work from 6:15 am until after 10:00 pm without leaving the polling station.

Count workers

These people help to count the votes immediately following the closure of polling stations or on the following day.

Postal vote workers

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


We can only accept applications from persons who are not connected to, nor will assist any political party or candidate at an election.

The Returning Officer has to comply with legislation to prevent the employment of illegal workers. You will be asked to provide your passport with any relevant supporting documentation which confirms 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 and accept that they may be required to work in excess of the normal maximum working hours and consent to do so.

How to apply

Complete all sections of the below application form and send it to us either by post or email. Please note you will need to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, for example a copy of a British passport.

Contacting Electoral Services

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

Tel: 01727 819294 
Date of last review: 22 May 2015