Elections 2018 - Work as a Poll Clerk

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I work every year throughout the elections (and the weeks/months prior to it) because of my job.


However last year we had a few members on here who sign up to do counting on the day / evening / through the night.


It pays well, 9/10 you can take the time off work as 'special leave'


Pay for a regular poll clerk is just shy of £200 for one days work!!


Generally all you need to do is look on your local council website and you will see job openings for the following jobs - Just apply for them and join me on the 'no sleep till Saturday' money train!


Presiding Officer
  • Poll Clerk
  • Senior Counting Assistant
  • Counting Assistant
  • Postal Vote Opening Clerks
 

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Nothing at all yet for my local council, but found a job post here for Lancaster

http://www.jobsgopublic.com/jobs/election-duties-may-2015-105-14/from/bymguj3ibhtku/1/of/11/score/desc?highlight=counting
 

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Sheffield
https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/elections/voting-in-person/apply-to-work-in-the-polling-station.html


Leeds
http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Elections-2014.aspx


Edinburgh
http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20033/elections_and_voting/1158/apply_to_work_as_election_polling_staff


Bristol
http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/council-and-democracy/i-want-work-elections


East Ridings (Yorkshire)
http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/council/elections-and-voting/polling-stations-and-polling-duties/


Shropshire
http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/democracy/voting-and-elections/elections-staffing-and-recruitment/
 

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Plymouth
http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/electionstaffrecruitment


Kingston
http://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200262/elections_and_your_representatives/800/jobs_in_electoral_services/2


Ealing
http://www.ealing.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/7523/polling_station_staff_application_form


Bedford
http://www.bedford.gov.uk/jobs_and_careers/idoc.ashx?docid=5a88685a-70d8-462a-9d5a-11c680ef6066&version=-1


Cardiff
https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/Your-Council/Voting-and-elections/election-jobs/Documents/Poll%20Clerk%20Application%20Form.pdf


Brighton and Hove
http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/council-and-democracy/voting-and-elections/working-elections


Luton
http://www.luton.gov.uk/Council_government_and_democracy/Local-democracy/Elections/may2015elections/Pages/default.aspx
 

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I've made contact with someone at the council last week who said they would pass on my details. I've had nothing and don't want to leave it to the last minute. I have looked online myself, have I missed it? Jon can you have a quick check for Colchester/Essex? I'll give them a ring Monday otherwise.
 

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Call the elections team in Colchester on 01206 282820 - they will be able to sort you out
 

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Just as a fyi

If possible you want to get in on the postal vote checking which runs for 2 weeks prior to the election (at least in Leeds) and you should again be able to claim special leave from your existing work place if you have one
 

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Applied for this a couple of months ago as I work for the local council. My partner also works for them so might be sleepless nights all round!! So to speak!!! ??? :eek: :-X
 

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I've poll clerked once - I don't work for the Council so don't get any leave. In my area we were asked to attend a 2 hour training session a few weeks before the election and this is included in the fee you get.

Yes it is easy money as all you're doing is crossing names off a list and dishing out cards but it is a VERY long day (6am to 10.30pm) and can be VERY boring. We get a high turnout in this area so you're kept going with the old dearies who want a chat, but if you're in an area with low turnout you might wait long periods between "customers". There are no official breaks - not even loo breaks - so you have to sort that out with whoever you're working with. You are going to be sitting at a desk with someone from 7am to 10pm and it might not be someone you like. When I did it I had a reasonable nice older lady but the other polling station (across the other side of the hall) was a young student lad and an elderly lady who had nothing in common and they were both bored stiff by each other. Having said that, I did knit most of a cardigan during quiet times.
 

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Re: General Election 2015 - Work as a Poll Clerk

See I've never done that side of it

Closest I have come to is working as a counter on the evening / night / early morning / ohmygodnotarecount
 

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Re: General Election 2015 - Work as a Poll Clerk

I am counting again this year :) I have thursday night and sunday daytime I think, we have a local election as well so that's why we have the counting on sunday (it may be saturday, i should check at some point!)
 

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Re: General Election 2015 - Work as a Poll Clerk

Some more to add now i've got a few minutes


West Dunbarton
http://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/council/voting-and-elections/apply-to-work-at-the-2015-general-election/


Birmingham
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=SystemAdmin%2FCFPageLayout&cid=1223278997417&packedargs=website%3D4&pagename=BCC%2FCommon%2FWrapper%2FCFWrapper&rendermode=live


Sandwell
http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200205/elections_and_voting/1046/elections/6


Windsor and Maidenhead
http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/elections_jobs.htm


Glamorgan
http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/our_council/council/Electoral-Services/Work%20at%20Elections/Work%20at%20Elections.aspx


Croydon
https://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/dande/elections/work


Aberdeen
http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/council_government/councillors/elections_unit/election_staff.asp
 
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Find mine - I can't see it :(
 

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Re: General Election 2015 - Work as a Poll Clerk

Who are your council?
 

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Content them by ringing or email

01670 624811 or email elections@northumberland.gov.uk

Explain you would like to work as a poll clerk on the elections and they will sort you out.
 

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Re: General Election 2015 - Work as a Poll Clerk

mcdonag said:
Which position pays the most money?

well if its your first time doing it I think you can only be a poll clerk or a postal vote vetter or counter on the night


I'm also fairly sure that the rate goes up again after 1am on the main count night


Which council would you be looking at working with?
 

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Do you know if we're restricted to the council we live in? Or can we apply to neighbouring councils as well?

After reading this thread I've sent an email to my council's electoral services enquiring about poll clerk vacancies and filled out a form for a neighbouring council...
 

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Nope should be absolutely fine

Go for it!!!
 

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