Working on Elections

The Council is recruiting Presiding Officers, Poll Clerks and Count Staff

Bassetlaw District Council is recruiting temporary staff to work during the May 2021 Elections.

On May 6 we will be holding the following Elections:

  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner's Office
  • District and Parish By-elections
  • Various Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Find out more about the Elections on our Election pages.

Staff on Polling Day (Thursday 6th May) must be able to get to their Polling Station by 6.30am. You will leave shortly after 10pm. You are not allowed to leave during this time. There are Polling Stations across the Bassetlaw area.

Presiding Officers are responsible for the Polling Station and ensuring those entitled to vote in person can do so. They need to be aware of the key guidance and regulations. Poll clerks assist the Presiding Officer with the running of the polling station and issuing of ballot papers.

Presiding Officers are paid £288.60 for the day.

Poll Clerks are paid £177.00 for the day.

Count staff verify the contents of the ballot boxes and count ballot papers.

The verification and counts will take place on the following dates/times:

  • Verification – Thursday 6 May 2021 from 9.30pm (night count)
  • County Council Election Count – Friday 7 May from 9.30am (day count)
  • Police and Crime Commissioner Election Count – Saturday 8 May from 9.30am (day count) 

Count Assistant: £18.75 per hour (Thu 6 May – night)

Count Assistant   £12.50per hour (Fri 7 May)

Count Assistant   £18.75 per hour (Sat 8 May)

Due to Covid-19 additional measures have been put in place to protect staff and voters. All staff members will be provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment. Additional training will also be given.

You do not need to be an employee of BDC to apply and if members of your household/bubble are interested in working with you they could ask to be appointed to the same venue/team helping us to manage the social distancing requirements.

Requirements to undertake election duties you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be entitled to work in the UK and be able to provide evidence of this
  • Not work on behalf a candidate or political party during an election campaign, nor be related to a candidate
  • Polling and count staff must consent to working in excess of the normal working hours provided for by the working time directive

You should have access to your own transport and this is essential for Presiding Officers. Polling staff will be required to attend a training session and will be paid an additional fee for this. The current circumstances may require that training is delivered online - further details will be provided if you are appointed.

Detailed descriptions of each job role are available. If you are interested in helping us deliver these elections please contact Adele Watson Adele.watson@bassetlaw.gov.uk.


Last Updated on Friday, April 9, 2021