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Appeal to our staff to support the running of county elections

16 March 2021

County council elections are coming up this May and we’re appealing to our staff to help support the running of them


Some borough and district councils and Derby City Council also have their own elections on the same day, and there is also an election for the post of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Voting takes place on 6 May and counting will be done in each district/borough on Friday 7 May.

Due to the challenges we already face regarding resourcing due to COVID-19, for this election only we’re allowing paid time off for both days to enable as many of you as possible to offer to work. This means that you will not have to use your annual leave to work on the elections.

Available roles range from presiding officers and poll clerks to verification and count assistants, and all roles are paid at the rate set by the relevant district or borough you apply to. You may wish to apply to more than one area, not just the district or borough where you live, so that if you’re not needed in one area, you can work in another.

All district and borough councils appealing for election staff have information on their websites detailing how to apply, and work is ongoing to ensure covid-secure measures are in place at polling stations and counts.

It is important that you check with your line manager and get approval to apply for the time off before applying for an election role. Requests will be considered in line with service need and therefore not all requests will be able to be approved to ensure service delivery is maintained in line with the usual annual leave approval principles. 

If your manager provisionally agrees to the time off and you are successful in obtaining a role in the elections you will need to provide evidence to your manager such as a letter from the district or borough confirming your appointment and allocation so they can approve the time off. Your manager will inform you of how to record the time off once you have been successful and have been allocated a role. 

Visit the district or borough council website where you’d like to work to find out more about election vacancies or read our election information.