Working at an election

Are you interested in helping us run local and national elections? Each year we employ hundreds of staff at election time to make sure that the process is run smoothly, in an open and transparent way.

We're looking for new people to work with us and would love to hear from you if you're interested - you just need to apply online

Personal requirements

To work at an election, you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • have a national insurance number
  • be eligible to work in the UK

You do not need to work for the Council already to work at an election. We also stipulate that you cannot work at elections if you have campaigned on behalf of a candidate or party or nominated a candidate for an election.

Working at a polling station

At each election we have 95 polling stations, based all over Solihull Borough. Polling staff are responsible for making sure everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, without facing barriers or undue influence. We need experienced and new staff to work in these polling stations, all day on election day. Each polling station has at least 2 staff allocated to it, with larger stations having more.

Staff are needed from 6.30am - 10.30pm as they are required to be on shift during the whole of polling day. Working in a polling station is not subject to the European Working Time Directive and due to this there is no guaranteed breaks during the day, and staff are not permitted to leave the station during the day. Staff are required to bring food and drink for the duration of their shift. Training is online and a face to face briefing for senior staff.

Presiding Officers

Presiding Officers are responsible for the management of the polling station and supervision of the work carried out by the Poll Clerk(s). The duties include completing official paperwork, opening and closing the polling station, and transporting the ballot box to the count venue after the polling station closes. 
The hours of work are 6.30am until you have delivered the ballot box and paperwork to the count venue after completing all the paperwork following the close of poll at 10.00pm. To be considered for a Presiding Officer position, you must have been a Poll Clerk on at least two previous occasions. 

Poll Clerks

Poll Clerks are appointed to assist the Presiding Officer throughout the day.  Their duties include issuing ballot papers and marking the register, as well as opening and closing the polling station. The hours of work are 6.30am until the polling station has closed and been packed away.

Count Assistants

Counting Assistants help with the counting of ballot papers. They sort and count votes accurately and at a reasonable speed, working as part of a team and as instructed by a Count Supervisor. The hours of work will depend on when the count is taking place. For local elections, this is usually the day after the election from 9.00am until lunchtime. For a UK Parliamentary Election the count takes place overnight on polling day. The timings for regional election counts (West Midlands Combined Authority Mayoral election) will depend on regional circumstances. Training and instructions will be given. 

How do I sign up?

If you're interested, complete our online form. 

Once you've signed up - what happens next

Once you’ve completed the online form, we’ll contact you by email and ask you to complete a new starter booklet and request that you send us images of your Right to Work in the UK documents, which will be checked by our staff. 

Set up your account (for polling station staff only)

Once you’ve returned your new starter booklet and your Right to Work in the UK documents, we will contact you by email to ask you to create an MEA (Mobile Election App) account.  

What is MEA? 

MEA is a self-service tool that enables you to communicate with the electoral team via your own secure MEA account. Through MEA you will be able to conduct a number of tasks, including;

  1. Maintaining your personal information
  2. Responding to requests for your availability to work at a forthcoming election
  3. Responding to job allocation requests

MEA is only used for polling station staff. If you are applying to work at the count only, then we will contact you by email separately with instructions.