Poll Clerk

Poll Clerks assist the Presiding Officer in the conduct of the ballot in the polling stations by:

  • ensuring that all electors are treated impartially and with respect
  • maintaining the secrecy of the ballot

Your duties on the election day is to help the Presiding Officer to:

  • erect polling booths which involves some lifting
  • prepare the polling station for the opening of poll
  • keep the polling station neat and tidy throughout the hours of poll
  • ensure all voters in the polling station show photographic ID before voting
  • making checks and ensuring that voters understand the process
  • check and mark electors’ electoral numbers in the register of electors and on the corresponding numbers lists
  • Issue ballot papers to voters
  • ensure that voters cast their votes in secret and put them into the correct ballot box
  • any other polling station duties on the instruction of the Presiding Officer
  • dismantling of the polling station at the end of the day and ensuring the building is returned to good order

Polling station team

Polling Stations are open from 7am until 10pm. On polling day, you are required to arrive at the polling station sufficiently early to set up the equipment in time for opening. In order to maintain the secrecy of the vote and safeguard the integrity of the process.

You will be working a 16 hour day, so you must provide your own refreshments and take appropriate breaks throughout the day to avoid tiredness. Polling station staff are not permitted to leave the premises during hours of poll.


You must:

  • attend a training session before election day
  • sign an agreement to maintain the secrecy requirements
  • be eligible to work in the UK (evidence is needed)
  • not work on behalf of a candidate or political party, paid or otherwise

You will need your National Insurance number to apply.

This information is provided for guidance only and may be subject to change without notice.


Last updated 26 June 2024