Election Job Vacancies

Have you ever thought of getting involved at election time by either working at a polling station or at the count? Each year we employ hundreds of staff to ensure elections run smoothly. We are always looking to recruit enthusiastic and reliable staff to help us fill our vacancies. If you are interested in becoming involved we would love to hear from you.

Election roles and vacancies

We often recruit additional temporary staff to help us run an election.

We hold a database of staff who we contact before an election and we are always looking for enthusiastic staff to help to fill our vacancies at the time of an election. 

The next elections will be held on Thursday 2 May 2024. Also the General election must be held before January 2025.

Staff are required to work at the polling stations on polling day and to count the votes in May 2024 and the General election when it takes place.

Election roles

There are a variety of roles available during an election:

Polling Staff 

Presiding Officer or Poll Clark

Polling staff are responsible for conducting the ballot in each polling station, checking Voters' ID and issuing ballot papers.

On election day, polling staff work at their allocated polling station  from 6.30am until after 10.00pm. They cannot leave the polling station during these hours and will need to provide their own refreshments.

If you are a good communicator, methodical and quick to learn, apply to work in one of the many polling stations across South Kesteven.

Presiding Officers are experienced polling station staff with a comprehensive knowledge of the voting process. They are responsible for the management of the polling station including supervision of their poll clerk(s), checking voters' ID and issuing ballot papers.  They ensure that people with additional needs can cast their vote, liaise with party tellers and agents and polling station inspectors and maintain the secrecy of the ballot.  Presiding Officers are responsible for collecting their ballot box and equipment on the day before the poll and for the delivery of the ballot box to either the count centre or drop off location after the close of poll.   The day rate for a Presiding Officer is £255.75.

Poll Clerks work under the direction of the Presiding Officer with all aspects of the poll at the polling station.  They assist with setting up of the polling station, checking voters' ID, marking of the electoral register and issuing ballot papers to voters. The day rate for a Poll Clerk is £168.00.

Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks are required to complete training in advance of election day.

Counting and Verification Staff

Counting and Verification staff count and check the votes either during the evening following the election and can go through to the early hours of the morning or during the day after. 

The Counts usually take place at the Grantham Meres Leisure  Centre, Trent Road, Grantham.

Payment for a counting assistant at a night time count is £15.75 per hour.


To be able to undertake a role at elections, you must be:

  • at least 18 years of age

  • have a national insurance number

  • have the right to work in the UK (in accordance with the provisions of  the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996). Before  starting any role, you must show us:

    • your valid passport; or

    • your birth certificate and proof of National Insurance Number (eg P60, P45, payslip etc)

    • be able to correspond via email, as all job information/appointments will be shared via email

You do not need to work for the Council already to work for elections.

Political restrictions

Election staff must not:

  • work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign

  • sign any nomination paper for a candidate standing at an election.

Being accepted onto the Returning Officer's database does not guarantee that you will be offered a position, but you may be contacted about specific roles as and when they arise.

Please note:

  • Casual election roles are employed directly by the Returning Officer and NOT South Kesteven District Council.  Therefore the Council's employee terms and conditions do not apply.

  • 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 that you do may affect how much tax that you are required to pay.  You will be responsible for telling HMRC about your earnings.

How to apply

To express an interest in any of these roles, please complete the Application of Interest Form and email it to electionstaff@southkesteven.gov.uk.

Job descriptions and pay rates are indicative only and subject to change.

If you have any questions about anything on this page, please contact the Elections Team using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Elections Team: 01476 406080, email: electionstaff@southkesteven.gov.uk

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