Working at an election

We employ staff at election time to make sure that the process is run smoothly, in an open and transparent way.

Each year we have vacancies for a range of roles:

  • Working in a polling station.
  • Opening and sorting postal votes.
  • Counting votes overnight or during the day.

Polling staff

At each election we need to staff to work in over polling stations.

Each polling station has at least 2 staff allocated to it, with larger stations having more staff.

Staff are needed from 6.30am - 10.00pm as they are required to be on shift during the whole of polling day.

Staff are required to bring food and drink for the duration of their shift.

Training is provided at the Council Offices prior to an Election.

Postal Vote opening

Each year we send out around 11,000 postal votes.

Once they are returned, they need to be opened and sorted before they are included in the count on election night.

In order to do this before polling day we have teams opening and sorting these postal vote envelopes.

We usually do this at The Council Offices.

Full training is provided at the first opening session.

Count staff

Once polls close at 10.00pm, for most elections we count the votes overnight.

Occasionally we count on the following day.

The count generally starts at 10.00pm, finishing in the early hours of the following day.

We employ count staff to count the votes, working in teams, each with supervisors.

Training is given via a briefing on the night.

If you are interested in working on the elections please email

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South Staffs Council

Wolverhampton Road, Codsall

South Staffordshire


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