I want to work at elections

We employ many staff to work at an election, for example:

  • Polling clerks and  presiding officers who work at polling stations.
  • Counting assistants.

Presiding officers and poll clerks

These staff are employed to carry out duties at polling stations. Staff are responsible for making sure that the proper procedure for voting is followed both in polling stations and after the close of poll at the Count. 

On election day, polling staff are required to work from 6.30am until 10pm without leaving the polling station. Staff are also required to attend a training session.

To be a Presiding Officer you must have carried out poll clerk duties at least twice before.

Counting staff

Staff are also employed to assist in counting the votes. This role requires high levels of concentration and accuracy.


  • You must be at least 18 years of age to work in a polling station.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age to work as a counting assistant.
  • If you are not employed by Bristol City Council you will need to provide your National Insurance number, and either your original passport or relevant supporting information which confirms you are entitled to work in the UK.
  • If you are registered unemployed, you are advised to consult your local unemployment benefits office before you accept any offer of employment we may make you.
  • Polling and count staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate.

Rates of pay

The rates of pay for election staff vary depending on the job role and the type of election. For example a poll clerk fee in 2015 was £113.00 and the standard counting fee was £80.00 for a count assistant.

How to apply

Complete the Application for inclusion on Election Staff Register (msword, 234 KB) (opens new window) and post or email it to us at the address listed below. You will be contacted should a position become available.

More information

If you have any further questions please email electoral.staffing@bristol.gov.uk

Contact information

Electoral services

PO Box 3176

Bristol City Council

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday,  9am to 5pm
Friday,  9am to 4.30pm

Email: electoral.services@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 922 3400

Fax: 0117 922 3461