Election Jobs

The Returning Officer (RO) appoints around 500 people to help run the elections held within the Royal Borough. 

The electoral job opportunities available include:

  • Polling staff
    The polling station staff are responsible for the conduct of the ballot in each polling station, making sure that the proper procedure for voting is followed. On election day polling station staff are required to work from 6.15am until after 10pm without leaving the polling station.
  • Counting staff
    Counting staff verify and count the votes cast. Ballot boxes are verified on the Thursday evening after the close of poll, starting at 10pm.
  • Postal votes staff
    Postal staff open postal votes on a number of days in the 10 days prior to an election day in accordance with the election timetable.

We can only accept applications from persons who are not connected to, nor will assist any political party or candidate at an election. Persons appointed to work at a polling station or at the count must accept that they are consenting to work in excess of the normal maximum working hours. For secrecy reasons staff cannot leave their positions before the completion of that role so you should ensure that you do allow for timings to over run if there is a high turnout and larger than expected volumes of votes to count.

How to apply

If you are interested in election work, please see the job descriptions and application forms in the link below:


Every year, the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) employs a number of electoral registration canvassers to make visits to properties in the borough to collect the electoral registration details of householders.

Canvassers are required to assist householders with filling out the forms and returning them to the Elections Office. This information is used to compile the revised register of electors. The next revised register will be the 2020 Register of Electors published on 1 December 2019. We are currently looking for canvassers to help with the compilation of the 2020 Register of Electors in October and November 2019.

For more information about the role and how to apply, please see the documents below: