Working for Sefton's Elections Team

At times when a local or general election is to be held in the borough, Sefton Council will employ people to carry out various roles to help the process run smoothly.

Roles required include:

- Manning polling stations
- The processing of postal votes
- The validation and counting of votes

In the lead up to a planned election, Sefton Council will write to all the volunteers on our database to state what positions we are looking to fill. We then fill the vacancies we have from the people volunteering to work.

While there is no requirement for previous experience for some roles, Presiding Officers and Count Supervisors must have a proven track record of relevant experience.

We are unable to appoint anyone who has been working in any capacity on behalf of any candidate or political party taking part in the election.

Interested in working with us?

After reading the job descriptions, if you are interested in taking part please complete and return the election staff details application form below and we can add you to our database.

Polling station staff
All polling stations are run by a Presiding Officer and one or more Poll Clerks. The staff are responsible for the conduct of the ballot in each polling station, to make sure the proper procedure for voting is followed. On election day polling station staff are required to work from 6am until 10.30pm without leaving the polling station.

Counting staff
Counting staff are employed to count the votes that have been cast throughout the election. This can sometimes start when the polling stations close at 10pm and carry on through to 6am the following day, or it may be held the following day. On this occasion, the count will be during the day on the Friday after the election and it is expected to be all day although an early finish is likely.

Postal votes staff
Staff are employed to open postal votes in accordance with the election rules.

How To Apply

To find out more or to register an interest in working for Sefton Council during an election, please complete the form below.

Once completed please email your form to

Staff Application Form Elections 2023 Draft (word 124KB)
Returning Officer Fees And Charges 2023 2024 (pdf 139KB)

Last Updated on Thursday, February 23, 2023

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