Election and canvass staff recruitment

Working at an election

The Elections Team are always looking on the lookout for motivated and enthusiastic staff to work in polling stations and at the count.  

You could play an important role for your local community, while earning some extra money. 

What roles are available? 

  • Working in a polling station

  • Counting votes

The rates of pay for election staff depend upon the job role and type of election. The pay rates will be confirmed before an election. 

The London Borough of Hounslow's next scheduled elections take place on 2 May 2024, with the counting of votes taking place on Friday 3 May 2024 and Saturday 4 May 2024. 

Personal Requirements 

To work at an election, you must: 

  • Be 18 years of age 

  • Have a national insurance number 

  • Have the right to work in the UK (you will be asked to provide your passport and any supporting documents to confirm you’re entitled to work in the UK) 

You do not need to be an employee of London Borough of Hounslow Council to work at an election. 

However, you cannot work at an election if you are employed by a political party or candidate at an election, including unpaid work. 

How to apply 

If you are interested in working at an election, please email electionstaff@hounslow.gov.uk with your name, home address, email address and mobile number. Ahead of each election, we will contact everyone on our database to check their availability and check which roles people are interested in undertaking. 

Please note that being on our database does not guarantee employment at an election time. If you're not initially allocated for a post, you will be added to our reserve list.   

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