Earn extra money working at May’s elections
Presiding officers and poll clerks needed for Thursday May 6th
There’s a chance to earn some extra money and get involved in the democratic process this May. Cherwell District Council is amongst the local authorities needing help at the elections on Thursday, 6 May.
On the day elections will be held for Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council, Banbury Town and the parishes. Police and Crime Commissioner elections will also take place.
Staff are required on polling day to work as presiding officers and poll clerks at polling stations.
Presiding officers are in charge of the setting-up and running of the polling station. Ideally applicants will have experience of polling station duties but training is provided. Presiding officers will be paid a fee of £261 if there are two elections in the polling station or £271 if there are three elections in the polling station, plus mileage. Successful applicants must complete online training for which an additional fee will be paid. They will be required to pick up the ballot box and equipment a couple of days before polling day and deliver it to their allocated counting centre after the close of poll.
Poll clerks assist the presiding officer in setting-up and running the polling station. They will be paid a fee of £165 if there are two elections in the polling station or £175 if there are three elections in the polling station, plus mileage. Anyone taking on this role must complete online training for which an additional fee will be paid. They will need to be at their polling station no later than 6.15am to enable set-up and must remain there until the poll closes at 10pm.
Chief Executive of Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council Yvonne Rees said: “We are keen to hear from people who are eager to get involved in the excitement of running an election. Measures will be in place to keep people safe from COVID and there’s money to be earned for helping out.
“If you think one of the roles we have available may be for you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Equally if you have questions or need clarifications we’d be more than happy to answer them for you.
“Delivering elections is a big undertaking and the backbone of the operation is always hard-working local people pitching in to help out on polling day.”
Anyone, aged 18 or over, who is available to commit for the entire day should email email@example.com. Please include a home address, a telephone number and email address, confirmation as to whether or not you have transport, and an indication of the district area where you would be available to work.
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam