Poll Clerk 

Information about the Poll Clerk job role.

Job Title: Poll Clerk

Job type: Administrative 

Key responsibilities and activities

  • Ensure that voters are able to cast their vote in secret, free from influence and in a calm atmosphere.
  • Ask for and check voter identification before issuing ballot papers.
  • Ensuring electors understand the new voter identification requirements including what constitutes an acceptable form of ID.
  • Ensuring electors are able to present their ID in private when requested.
  • Comply with any instructions from the Presiding Officer and/or Returning Officer.
  • Ensure that all electors are treated with respect and receive the same experience wherever they are and whatever time they vote.
  • You must always ensure the secrecy and security of the ballot.
  • Deal with members of the public in a helpful, polite, and professional manner.
  • Support disabled voters use any special equipment or devices.
  • You cannot be employed if you have carried out any duties on behalf of any political party or candidate at the election.

Hours / days required

Training: 1 to 2 hours

Polling day: 6:30am to 10:30pm (16 hours)

Based at

The Elections Office will seek to place staff in polling stations that are convenient for them.

Person Specification

Person specification for the Poll Clerk job role
CriteriaAttributes (Essential/desirable)
Knowledge Desirable: Working knowledge of the electoral process

Skills and abilities 

Essential: Ability to carry out work as instructed, even under pressure.
Desirable: Experience of working at a polling station


  • Ability to remain politically neutral
  • Good timekeeping
  • Able to travel to your polling station at the required times

Desirable: Diplomacy and tact when working with members of the public.

How to apply

You can only apply online - we do not accept CVs. To complete the online form you will need a valid e-mail address.

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