How you could earn some cash as a poll worker in Dorset elections

DORSET residents will head to the polls on May 2 – and some could be heading to work.

Administrator of the elections, Dorset Council, is recruiting for poll workers on the day and night.

On May 2, voters will elect 82 councillors for Dorset Council, as well as more than 150 town and parish councillors.

The Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election will also take place on the same day.

Each year, Dorset Council employs hundreds of staff at election time to make sure the process is run smoothly, in an open and transparent way.

“We still have a number of roles available and would love to hear from you if you’re interested in working with us, particularly if you have previous experience working in a polling station,” a spokesperson said.

“Not only is it a great way to earn some extra money, but also a great opportunity to meet people and work as part of a team.”

People are sought to help staff more than 300 polling stations, based all over the Dorset Council area.

“As a member of the polling team, you will help to ensure everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, without facing barriers,” the spokesperson added.

“You will need to be over 18 years old and not have worked on behalf of a candidate during the election campaign.”

Polling station staff are responsible for making sure voting procedures are correctly followed.

On election day, staff must have their polling station set up and ready to open for 7am, working through the day until after polls close, at 10pm.

There are also some opportunities to work as counting assistants, taking part in counting votes cast at polling stations, together with any postal votes.

People are encouraged to register their interest in taking part now at

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