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Have you ever thought about working at a polling station?

Dear Parish Clerk(s)

I am contacting you ahead of the next scheduled Borough and Parish elections on Thursday 4 May 2023 to ask Have you ever thought about working at a polling station? Due to The Elections Act 2022, we require additional staff to work as Poll Clerks on polling day.

Please share this email with anyone you think may be interested in working.

The new law will bring in the following measures in May 2023:

voters will need to show an eligible piece of photographic identification before being issued with a ballot paper

• additional support to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote

Elections are a great opportunity to work as part of a team and take a sense of pride in playing a role in supporting democracy. You could help us by playing an important role for your local community – plus it’s great way to earn some extra money. The fees for poll clerks are yet to be finalised. However, as a poll clerk you could earn at least £200 before tax plus training and mileage fees.

Working at a polling station

Polling station staff are responsible for making sure voting procedures are correctly followed. On election day, staff must have their polling station set up and ready to open for 7am, working through the day until after the polls close at 10pm.

Training for all polling staff is compulsory and will be online. Further details will follow in your appointment letter.

Available role:

Eligibility

To work at a polling station, you must:

• be at least 18 years old.

• be entitled to work in the UK (in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 2006)

• not work on behalf of a candidate during the election campaign

• not be related to a potential candidate

• consent to working in excess of normal working hours outlined in the working time directive

• comply with secrecy requirements which will be supplied to all staff

How to apply

Please read the information regarding Poll Clerk duties and then complete the online staff application form. We will always try and appoint you within the area of your choice however, this is not always possible so your flexibility and cooperation would be gratefully appreciated. In addition, as Parish Clerks we would not appoint you to work in a polling station within your parish. With this in mind please can you confirm, on your application form, which Parish you are the clerk for in the notes box regarding your polling station area choices.

Once you have completed the application form, we will be in contact within a few days with details of the next step.

Kind Regards

Becki

Becki Wimsett AEA (Cert).

Senior Electoral Services Officer

Waverley Borough Council

Tel: 01483 523056

Postal application form

Proxy application form

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