Election and Canvass Staffing Vacancies

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, over about a 3-month period to deliver up to 2 property forms and/or to go door-knocking as part of the annual canvass of households? We are always looking for new people to help us, and would like to hear from you if you are interested in becoming involved.

We maintain a database of staff who we write to annually prior to main elections asking about your availability.



You must be at least 18 years of age to work in a polling station staff or assist with the annual canvass, whereas you need only be 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.)

Polling, postal and count staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate.
Polling, postal and count staff 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 Council and are of a casual nature only.
We often have more applications than vacancies and we make it clear that if someone is not initially allocated for a post then they are added to our reserve list as we often have a number of initially allocated staff drop out for various reasons. We then call our reserves as appropriate vacancies arise. We do use a number of our own staff in the first instance and supplement this with additional staff from outside who we hold on our database of temporary staff. We then consider the person’s experience; availability; preferences; where they live or whether they have access to a car and are prepared to travel.

Electoral Services Casual Staff Application Form 

Polling station jobs - Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks

The 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 10pm. All staff employed to work at a polling station must attend a training session before taking up their appointment.

Presiding Officer Job Description.pdf [pdf] 138KB

Poll Clerk Job Descripton- will be available shortly


Counting Assistants

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. Verification and the actual counting of votes takes place usually later that evening, or the following morning. This is usually held at the Arun Leisure Centre in Felpham, Bognor Regis.

Counting Assiatant Job Description - will be available shortly


Other electoral jobs

Electoral Registration Form Deliverers & Canvassers

Form deliverers are employed to deliver electoral registration forms to every property in the District.

We then employ a group of canvassers to chase up non responders to the initial and reminder forms during the "door-knocking" stage.

All canvassers receive annual training.

We currently employ about 40 form deliverers/canvassers and vacancies sometimes occur and we hold a waiting list. If you are interested in doing either role, please write to the Electoral Services Team giving you contact details and the areas that you may be interested in.


Poll Card Deliverers

Duties would include delivery of poll cards to properties with eligible electors, usually around a month before an election. You would also be expected to deliver household enquiry forms to every household in the above areas.

Rate of pay per poll card is 20p. There is an arrangement for a 30% tax relief and you will only pay 20% tax on the remainder, National Insurance is not applicable.

If you are interested in any of the above positions and would like to have further details please contact the Electoral Services Team at  elections@arun.gov.uk with your name and address and we will come back to you.


Electoral Services

Arun District Council

Arun Civic Centre

Maltravers Road


West Sussex

BN17 5LF

General queries Helpline (01903) 737616

E-mail elections@arun.gov.uk