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Apply to work at the Elections on Thursday 6 May 2021

3:02 pm, Friday, 12th March 2021 - 1 month ago

Councillors and democracy

We are looking to recruit a number of polling staff (Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks) to work the elections on Thursday 6 May 2021 from 6:30am to 10:15pm.

Minimum requirements

To undertake election duties, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age before 6 May 2021
  • be entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996).

Polling staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate.

Jobs available

We are having North East Lincolnshire Council elections in 12 Wards (all Wards except Waltham, West Marsh and Wolds). The Police and Crime Commissioner election is being held in all Wards. A combined poll – referred to below – is if your polling station has both elections. A single poll is just the Police and Crime Commissioner election.

The polling station staff (Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks) are responsible for the conduct of the ballot in each polling station. On election day polling station staff are required to work from 6:30am until about 10:15pm without leaving the polling station.

The job roles available are Presiding Officer and Poll Clerk.

Presiding Officer

Presiding Officers are responsible for the conduct of the ballot in polling stations. It is essential that they have a good knowledge of the voting procedures and have worked as a Poll Clerk on at least one previous occasion.

A Presiding Officer will be required to be able to lift ballot boxes and polling station equipment; and have the use of a car to transport them to and from the polling station.

Download the Presiding Officer job description (Word, 167KB) and Presiding Officer person specification (Word, 167KB) .

Poll Clerks

The Poll Clerk is responsible for assisting and supporting the Presiding Officer in all aspects of the poll in the Polling Stations.  They have responsibility for accurately recording and issuing ballot papers to electors to ensure that they are able to vote.

Download the Poll Clerk job description (Word, 164KB) and Poll Clerk person specification (Word, 166KB) for this post.


It is a requirement that anybody appointed to either of these posts must attend a training session. These will mostly be held online, albeit in limited circumstances, some face-to-face training may be provided.

Training sessions will carry a £35 payment. However, this fee will only be paid on completion of Election duties.

Rates of pay

The rates of pay for 6 May 2021 are:

  • Presiding Officer – £220 (single poll) and £264 (combined poll)
  • Poll Clerk – £160 (single poll) and £192 (combined poll).

In addition, all polling staff need to attend an online training session (lasting 1.75 hours), for which a £35 fee is payable.


To apply for either of the listed roles download the Election staff application form (PDF, 203KB) and Eligibility to Work in the UK form (Word, 16KB) .

When completed, email these forms to or post them to Elections Team, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU.

Deadline to apply

As soon as possible, but ideally by 26 March 2021.

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