Glasgow election staff needed to man polling stations and count votes

Staff are needed to man polling stations
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Staff are needed to man polling stations and count votes in Glasgow when the UK election takes place in July.

Glasgow City Council is looking to add to its bank of workers to assist with the election on Thursday, July 4 as around 2,500 people will be needed.

It is expected 1,500 people will be needed to staff more than 450 polling stations across the city, with another 1,000 required to help with the vote count at the Emirates Arena.

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The change in legislation which means voters must show photographic ID also means more staff are needed to support voters.

Roles available include polling station staff who set up the station before the polls open at 7am, issue ballot papers, mark the electoral registers and help voters, making sure they know what to do.

Enumerators, who will work overnight at the count centre to open ballot boxes, sort and count votes, are also required. All roles are paid but vary depending on the job.

For this election, polling station staff rates start at £266 and count enumerators are £130 (subject to tax). No previous experience is necessary and full training will be provided.

Susanne Millar, chief executive of Glasgow City Council and the city’s returning officer, said: “Our democracy depends on thousands of people who work in a variety of roles across the administration of elections.

“By working with us to ensure the smooth operation of elections in Glasgow, people can gain unique work experience, meet new people, support their community and be compensated for their work.

“In Glasgow, we have a huge task in making sure our registered electorate totalling more than 413,000 is able to vote easily on polling day and that we run an open and fair count, and I’d urge people to get in touch if they are interested in helping us to do this.”

To work at elections, you must be at least 18, have a National Insurance number, a valid email address and the right to work in the UK (proof required). Once appointed, people will be invited to take part in online training, with a number of sessions available in the two weeks before the election.

To express an interest or find out more, visit https://glasgow.gov.uk/article/9090/Employment-at-Elections to complete an online form and email it to elections@glasgow.gov.uk

The council will require your full name, address, contact phone number and details of any previous election employment experience and the role you had.

The elections office will have the details recorded of anyone who has worked at an election in recent years. Staff will be contacting you shortly to check whether you are available on July 4, and there is no need to register again.

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