Polling station staff

Herefordshire has over 175 polling stations in operation on polling day. Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks work inside these stations and are responsible for the conduct of the ballot and making sure that the proper procedures for voting are followed. Poll Clerks assist the Presiding Officer who oversees the polling station. To become a Presiding Officer you must have previous experience as a Poll Clerk.

On polling day, staff are required to work from 6.30am until shortly after 10pm without leaving the polling station.

All staff employed to work at a polling station must attend a training session a few weeks before the poll which will be arranged with you by the elections team upon appointment. We will tell you in your appointment what type of training you will need to undertake.

We also require standby Presiding Officers in place on polling day in the event of sickness, non-attendance or emergency. You could be called in at any point before or during polling day.

Presiding Officer fee - £312

This fee includes:

  • £252 standard Presiding Officer fee
  • £20 travel expenses (non-taxable due to transportation of a ballot box)
  • £10 for online training (if undertaken)
  • £30 for face to face training (if undertaken)

If an election is combined with a district or parish election, presiding officers will receive an additional £30. All Presiding Officer fees are subject to tax unless stated otherwise.

Presiding Officers will be paid an hourly rate of £15.75 pro rata for setting up the polling station the day before poll during a pandemic (if in attendance).

Presiding Officer/Standby job description

Poll Clerk fee - £202

This fee includes:

  • £152 standard Poll Clerk fee
  • £10 travel expenses
  • £10 for online training (if undertaken)
  • £30 for face to face training (if undertaken)

If an election is combined with a district or parish election, poll clerks will receive an additional £17. All Poll Clerk fees are subject to tax unless stated otherwise.

Poll Clerks will be paid an hourly rate of £9.50 pro rata for setting up the polling station the day before poll during a pandemic (if in attendance).

Poll Clerk job description

Standby Presiding Officer and Poll Clerk fee 

  • £50 retainer
  • £10 for online training (if undertaken)
  • £30 for face to face training (if undertaken)

You will receive further payment if called upon.

Presiding Officer/Standby job description