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Count assistant - role description

We have a number of roles which need to be filled to help an election to take place. These are in addition to members of our staff who will support an election. Find out about the role of count assistant. 

Job purpose

To work as part of a team sorting and counting ballot papers quickly but accurately, whilst under pressure and under observation of candidates and agents.

Duties and responsibilities

On count day

You will:

  • work in a team as chosen by the Returning Officer, Elections Team and Count Supervisor
  • verify and count the number of ballot papers in a ballot box and recount if required
  • alert the Count Supervisor of any doubtful ballot papers
  • as instructed tidy up and make good the count table and count venue
  • avoid making conversation with candidates, agents and guests
  • always keep the secrecy of the ballot
  • stay politically neutral.

Person specification

Essential skills

You must:

  • have good communication skills and the ability to follow instructions
  • have good administration skills and attention to detail
  • be a team player and have a flexible attitude
  • be punctual, reliable and calm under pressure.

Desirable skills

  • Previous experience as a Count Assistant is desirable.