Presiding officers and poll clerks

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 - £304.25

This fee includes:

  • £20 travel expenses (non-taxable due to transportation of a ballot box)
  • £10 for use of mobile phone
  • £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 Officer/Standby job description

Poll Clerk fee - £198.13

This fee includes:

  • £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 Clerk job description

Standby Presiding Officer fee

  • £50 retainer
  • £10 for online training (if undertaken)
  • £30 for face to face training (if undertaken)
  • £16.52 per hour if called upon (travel expenses and use of mobile phone is included in this hourly fee)

Presiding Officer/Standby job description