Want to earn a bit of extra money? North Herts District Council needs your support during the upcoming elections

PR Date: 
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 - 2:45pm

Elections and counts take place 6 - 10 May

With elections taking place in May, North Herts District Council (NHDC) is asking for people to put themselves forward to carry out a number of paid roles to help support the local democratic process.

A number of elections are taking place on 6 May, including county, town and parish and the Police and Crime Commissioner, who oversees your local police force and ensures they are prioritising what matters to you.

NHDC has several roles available for people to carry out from 6 - 10 May. The elections, verification and count are taking place over five days, due to the number of elections and restrictions brought on by the pandemic.

There will be polling stations up and down the county, with the count taking place at the North Herts Leisure Centre in Letchworth.

Roles available include:

Presiding Officers, who will manage a small team of poll clerks, maintain secrecy of the ballot, liaise appropriately with people including tellers and polling station inspectors, whilst at the close of poll ensure that the ballot box arrives at the count location. Applicants will need to have been a Poll Clerk on at least three prior occasions. Pay: £250 plus £30.00 combination fee, plus a training fee of £29.60.

Poll Clerks, who work under the Presiding Officers and assist with keeping the polling station clean and tidy, accurate record and issue ballot papers and answering electors' questions. Pay: £150 plus £20.00 Combination fee plus a training fee of £29.60.

Count Assistants will work in teams under the supervision of a Count Table Supervisor. They will be expected to accurately count the ballot papers. Pay: £18.80 per hour.

Postal Vote Verification / Opening Assistants will work in a team under supervision of the Postal Vote Supervisor. They will open the returned postal vote envelopes and ensure that the ballot papers and postal vote signature statements are returned. Accurate records must be kept. Must be available to work on all the proposed days. Pay: £12.50 per hour.

Melanie Stimpson, NHDC’s Returning Officer, said: “We are always grateful for support during a busy election period. Whilst the circumstances are different to normal this time around, we hope people will still want to get involved. Working during elections is always a fun and busy experience, and measures will be in place to keep everyone safe.”

More information on the roles here

To apply, email: elections@north-herts.gov.uk

Reminder: You can vote as usual at a polling station, by post or have someone vote on your behalf.

The deadline to register to vote is 19 April and to vote by post or by proxy the deadline is 5pm on 20 April.

Council Offices in Letchworth Garden City