How to apply to work at elections, eligibility and rates of pay.

There are many different roles available both in polling stations and at the count:

If you indicate on your application form that you want to work in a polling position or a counting position, you'll be considered for all jobs in those fields.

If you've worked for the Bristol City Council election team recently you don't need to complete an application form. Keep an eye on your online staffing account as that's where we'll be sending your offer of employment if we make one. 

Before you apply

You will need to upload a copy of a document showing your right to work in the UK. Check which documents can be used on the government right to work checklist.


Apply to work at elections 


  • You must be at least 18 years of age to work in a polling station or as a counting assistant.
  • If you are not employed by Bristol City Council you will need to provide your National Insurance number, and either your original passport or relevant supporting information which confirms you are entitled to work in the UK.
  • If you are registered unemployed, you are advised to consult your local unemployment benefits office before you accept any offer of employment we may make you.
  • Polling and count staff must not work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate.

Rates of pay

The rates of pay for election staff vary depending on the job role and the type of election. For example, the fees (before tax) for the 2021 elections were:

  • £300 for a presiding officer (including training payment)
  • £195 for a poll clerk (including training payment)
  • £80 for a count assistant (this was the average payment, because counts are paid by the hour)