Frequently asked questions about working at an election

Can anyone work at an election?

To work at the elections you must:

  • be 18 years of age to work in a polling station
  • have a National Insurance number
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • be able to correspond via email, as all job information/appointments will be shared via email.
  • You do not need to work for the council already to work for elections.

We also stipulate that you cannot work for elections if you have campaigned on behalf of a candidate or party, nominated a candidate or have a personal relationship with an elected representative or candidate.

How do I apply to work at an election?

If you’ve previously worked at an election for Sandwell Council, we already have your details and the elections team will be in touch with you about your role.

If you would like to apply to work and the election and you haven't done this before, please check back on this website closer to the next election for how to apply.

Once I have been given a role at the election, can I change it?

No, you will not be able to change roles once you have been appointed.

Do I need to wear a mask if I'm working at a polling station or at the count?

It is not a requirement to wear a mask inside a polling station. Staff working at the election (in polling stations, the count venue and postal vote opening) can wear a face covering if they wish.