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
These roles are to verify and count the votes cast. Ballot boxes are usually verified on the Thursday evening after the close of poll, starting from approximately 10.00pm until the early hours of the following morning, until the count has concluded.
- Postal votes staff
Staff to 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 given under each type of position.
Our next scheduled elections are the Police and Crime Commissioner elections which are due to be held on Thursday 2 May 2024. There will also be a UK parliamentary election before January 2025.
Individuals who are interested in working at future elections should register their interest by completing the online form below: