Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Doing Your Democratic Duty Can Earn You a Few Quid Too

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Doing Your Democratic Duty Can Earn You a Few Quid Too

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Byline: MIKE BROWN mike.brown@trinitymirror.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ

AS you might have heard, the General Election is only weeks away. Many people will visit a polling station to vote - but have you ever thought of making some money out of the election? If you need some extra cash and have some spare time, you could capitalise by working at the frontline of democracy.

Some polling station staff will be making as much as PS360 for a day's work - and there are no qualifications needed to apply.

How much you earn depends on what job you're doing, and which area you work in.

Who can apply to be a poll clerk? There are only a few basic requirements - you must be aged over 18, literate and numerate, and on the electoral roll.

Members of political parties participating in the election are excluded from working in polling stations.

Anyone can apply to be a poll clerk, presiding officer or vote counter at elections simply by contacting the local electoral services office.

If you haven't worked at a polling station before, the only position you'll be able to apply for is poll clerk.

What does the job entail? It's a long day - normally from 6.30am to 10pm - without leaving the polling station.

You'll also be expected to work at any polling station within your local authority area, not necessarily the one closest to your home.

Poll clerks set up voting booths, issue ballot papers, verify voters' identity against the electoral register and make sure their votes are cast in secret.

They'll need to answer voters' questions and show people who are unsure how to cast their vote how to complete their form, all while maintaining the secrecy and security of the ballot.

You can move up the ladder - and earn more money If you've been a poll clerk before, you can then apply to be a presiding officer.

In busy polling stations, the presiding officer might have a deputy presiding officer assisting them or a senior presiding officer overseeing their work.

The role involves management of the poll clerks and polling station on election day, assisting voters, completing necessary accounting paperwork and delivering the ballot box to the count venue. …

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