Working at elections

During election or referendums, the election office on behalf of the Returning Officer employ many staff to work with us such as:

  • Polling Clerks at polling stations
  • Enumerators / Counting Assistants at count
  • Assistants to assist with opening and processing of postal votes

Polling Clerks and Presiding Officers

These staff are employed to carry out duties at  polling stations across Moray. Staff are responsible for making sure that the proper procedure for voting is followed in polling stations.  Polling Clerks assist the Presiding Officer who oversees the polling station. To become a Presiding Officer you must have previously have experience as a polling clerk.

On polling day, staff are required to work from approx. 6.30am until 10:15pm without leaving the polling station. Staff are required to attend a one hour training session a few weeks before the poll, usually in held at lunchtime or early evening and are also provided with a handbook.

Count staff

Staff are employed to assist in counting the votes as enumerators and count supervisors. This role requires high levels of concentration and accuracy. Staff may be required to stand for long periods of time, work under pressure and typically work through the night from 9:30pm onwards.
Other auxiliary roles are also available at the count assisting with the incoming polling station kit.

Postal vote staff

Staff are employed to assist with the daily opening and processing of postal votes in the fortnight leading up to polling day. This work takes place from 9:30am throughout the day, typically for 4-5 hours once the daily delivery is processed. Some posts are manual and some posts require the ability to use a scanner and computer. Full training will be given.


  • You must be at least 16 years of age to work with the election office.
  • Election staff cannot work on behalf of a candidate during an election campaign, nor be related to a prospective candidate. Similarly election staff cannot work on behalf of a referendum campaign.
  • Only individuals who have the right to work in the UK are eligible to work at elections. Proof of right to work will be required.
  • Election staff will be required to sign up to the statutory 'Requirement for Secrecy' preserving the secrecy of the vote when they are appointed.

Rates of pay

The rates of pay for election staff vary depending on the job role and the type of poll. All fees are subject to tax. and will be reviewed each year. Mileage allowance will be paid on applicable posts.

e.g in 2017

  • a polling clerk fee was £165.00 
  • enumerator fee was £100.00, 
  • postal vote staff are paid an hourly rate starting at £8.33 per hr, varies with role

How to apply

If you’d like to be considered for work at future elections, would like more information or an application form, please contact the election helpline on 01343 563334 and ask to speak with the Election Officer (8:30am - 3:30pm) or email

Please note that submitting an application form is not a guarantee of employment, we will keep your details on our records and contact you before the next election.Where polls are scheduled we will contact you 4-5 months in advance to canvass staff to ask if you wish to work at the forthcoming elections which are usually held in May or June. If a poll is called we will allocate staff to vacancies appropriate to their location and preferred role.

Information on forthcoming elections can be found here. By-elections may occur at any time.

Contact Us

Elections Office
Council Offices
High Street

01343 563334

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