The Returning Officer (RO) appoints around 500 people to help run the elections held within the Royal Borough.
The electoral job opportunities available include:
- Polling staff
The polling station staff are responsible for the conduct of the ballot in each polling station, making sure that the proper procedure for voting is followed. On election day polling station staff are required to work from 6.15am until after 10pm without leaving the polling station.
- Verification and Counting staff
Counting staff verify and count the votes cast. Ballot boxes are usually verified on the Thursday evening after the close of poll, starting at approximately 9.30pm until the early hours of the following morning, once the count has concluded. For the 2021 Elections the Verification will take place on Friday 7 May 2021 from 9.30am and the counting of the votes on Monday 10 May from 9.30am.
- Postal votes staff
Postal staff open postal votes on a number of days in the 10 days prior to an election day in accordance with the election timetable.
We can only accept applications from persons who are over 18 and not connected to, nor will assist any political party or candidate at an election. Persons appointed to work at a polling station or at the count must accept that they are consenting to work in excess of the normal maximum working hours.
The provisional fees for elections are as below:
- Polling station inspector/presiding officer: £240 fee + £45 training.
- Poll clerk: £160 fee + £35 training.
- Count supervisor: £16 an hour + a training fee.
- Count assistant: £11 an hour.
- Postal vote clerk: £11 an hour.
Individuals who are interested in working at future elections should register their interest by completing the online form below:
Our next scheduled elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley are being held on Thursday 6 May 2021.
Every year, the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) employs a number of electoral registration canvassers to make visits to properties in the borough to collect the electoral registration details of householders.
Canvassers are required to assist householders with filling out the forms and returning them to the Elections Office. This information is used to compile the revised register of electors. The next revised register will be the 2022 Register of Electors which is due to be published on Wednesday 1 December 2021. We will be recruiting canvassers to help with the compilation of the 2022 Register of Electors between July and September 2021.
For more information about the role and how to apply, please see the documents below.