Polling stations are located in towns and parishes across West Devon and need to be staffed by a team of Polling Clerks and Presiding Officers. To sign up as a Polling Clerk you don't need any previous experience as full training is provided. The role of Presiding Officer requires previous experience of polling duties and training will also be provided. The cost of training is fully covered and participants in the training are paid to attend. There are also Counting Assistant roles on 6 May in the evening and on 7 and 10 May in the daytime, where no experience is necessary.
At the moment, the plan is for these vital elections to go ahead whilst following strict COVID-safe guidelines. Anyone working in the polling stations or at the counting stations can be reassured that their safety, and the safety of the public, will be a priority.
West Devon Borough Council's Returning Officer Steve Mullineaux explained: "Our election team is gearing up to make sure the planned May 2021 election runs smoothly, safely and democratically. Our Polling Clerks, Presiding Officers and Count Assistants all play a vital role in ensuring the views of the community are properly represented. That's why we need people who are able to join the team to get in touch with us now. If you're interested in finding out more, please sign up on our website."
Team members are needed for elections taking place for the Town and Parish Council by-elections, Devon County Council elections and the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner election, which was postponed from May 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Applications for the roles are invited from local people who can work on any of these events. To apply for a role you must not be politically active, must be over 18 years old and be able to travel to a polling station or count venue.
The Council is putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. The public and staff can expect to find at the polling booths many of the measures we've all become used to over recent months in shops and banks. This includes hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings. The latest guidance will be followed. If COVID-restrictions mean the planned elections are unable to take place in May, recruits will be able to take the roles when the elections do occur.
If you're interested in joining the team, please head to our Elections Recruitment page. Here you'll find more information on the roles being recruited and you can sign up to register your interest.
For more details on the local elections please go to the Electoral Commission website.