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Employment at elections

How do I work at the election?

Have you ever thought of getting involved at election time by working at a polling station? You may already be employed with South Lanarkshire Council or you may be looking for a temporary casual position.

Our election team is always looking for new motivated and dynamic people and would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming involved. The Returning Officer, our Chief Executive, employs hundreds of staff at election time to ensure the process runs smoothly, openly and transparently.

It's a great opportunity to work as part of a team and all you need to do is check you are eligible and complete the online form below with your details.

You do not need to be an employee of the council to work at an election.


To work at elections, you must: 

  • be at least 18 years of age to work 
  • have a national insurance number
  • have a valid email address
  • have the right to work in the UK (proof of right to work will be required) 
  • work more than the normal working hours provided for by the working time directive 

You cannot work for elections if you are campaigning on behalf of a candidate or party, if you are nominated as a candidate, or have a personal relationship with an elected representative or candidate.

Roles available and the rates of pay

We have vacancies for working at a polling station. Full training will be provided, and you will be supported by experienced staff.

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 annually. Mileage allowance will be paid on applicable posts.

The current gross fees payable in respect of polling day roles are as follows. Those fees are currently under review:
  • Supervising Presiding Officer (No.1) - £220 (plus £45 training fee) 
  • Presiding Officer - £205 (plus £45 training fee) 
  • Polling Clerk - £141 (plus £45 training fee)

How do I sign up?

You can apply to work at an election by completing our online form.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted your application, the election team will be in touch to request proof of your right to work in the UK. You can check which documents can be used on the government right to work checklist.

Once we have processed your application you will be added to the election database ahead of each election and we will contact you by email to check your availability to work.

If you no longer want to work at elections and want your details removed, please let us know by emailing

Data Protection

The election office is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about you during and after your working relationship with us, in accordance with data protection law, including the UK General Data Protection Regulations (UK GDPR). It applies to all employees, workers, and contractors.

Any work carried out for the election office is subject to the Secrecy Requirements for a particular election which you must sign up to preserve the secrecy of the vote when appointed.

If you require any further information email