Register your interest in election work

There are currently no major elections in Cornwall scheduled until 2024, but we often have by-elections.

Would you like to be added to our database of temporary election staff to be considered for work at election time? If so, please complete the short form below.

(If you have worked for us at a previous election, your details will already be on our database and there is no need to reapply.)

We organise all elections and referendums in Cornwall, including those for:

  • Cornwall Council
  • Parish and town councils
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall
  • UK Parliament (six constituencies)
  • Neighbourhood Plan referendums

You can find out more about current elections and referendums on our elections pages.

We appoint Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks to run the polling stations and issue ballot papers to voters. These staff are required to arrive at the polling station for 6.30am and leave shortly after 10.00pm on polling day.

Presiding Officers are currently paid £285 and Poll Clerks are paid £221 for the day.

Count staff verify and count the votes after polling stations close at 10:00pm. This usually involves working very late in the evening and sometimes overnight at major elections. Count staff must be prepared to stay as long as it takes for the votes to be counted and verified. Staff are paid £11.50 an hour for a daytime count and £17.50 an hour for an overnight count.

Applicants, who must be aged 18 or over, can apply for any of these roles.

Please complete this form to register your interest in working at the elections.


Please register your interest to support the elections

Privacy Statement 

The personal data provided in this form is required so that we can check your eligibility to work on elections.  You have a choice as to whether you provide us with this information as it can only be by consent.  However, if you do not provide us with this information we may not be able to add you to our casual elections staff database. As such, we will not be able to employ you.

We may sometimes need to share some of your data with our HR team. This is so that they can advise on issues such as the right to work in the UK. We may also need to share your data with our payroll service. This is so that we can pay you for work you have done for us.  We might need to share your name and phone number with others you will be working with on elections. This may be at polling stations, so that you can contact each other in advance or in case of emergency.  We may also need to share your data when required to do so by law. This may be for the prevention and detection of crime and disorder, including fraud.

We take your privacy seriously. We will store your data securely, at all times complying with our obligations under:

  • the Data Protection Act
  • the General Data Protection Regulation

The Returning Officer is the data controller and is registered with the Information Commissioner. They are also the Electoral Registration Officer. The registration number is Z1939752. You can check the registration at

We will keep your data until such time as you ask us to delete it or we have been unable to make contact with you.  You can ask us to delete your personal data at any time by:

If we delete your data we won’t be able to get in touch with you about election work.

View our privacy notice

By submitting you are agreeing that the information provided is by consent and that any data will be used for the purposes explained above. 

Please view our full privacy policy 

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