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Could you support the running of county elections?

26 April 2021

If you can help to support the local elections either in a polling station, a count or as a reserve and you haven't already offered your services our district and borough colleagues are very keen to hear from you. 

A big thank you to all of you who have already stepped up to work either on election day on 6 May or vote counting day on 7 May 2021, and if you're still thinking about it, whether you have previous experience or not, now's the time to apply.

While some of the districts and boroughs, which run the county council elections on our behalf, have now filled most of their posts, either in polling stations or counts, there are some that still have vacancies, including several vacancies for presiding officers in South Derbyshire. As well as filling vacancies, each district and borough is creating a reserve list of people who can work as polling clerks or presiding officers at short notice in case people already signed up have to drop out at the last minute.

To help with recruitment, for this election only we're allowing paid time off for both days (6 and 7 May 2021) 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.

We're really keen to assist the districts and boroughs in any way we can to ensure the smooth running of the county council elections and support from as many of our staff as possible would be very welcome.

Training is given for all the posts, but presiding officer roles do require previous experience.

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, even it if may be for a reserve position. 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 or put on a reserve list you will need to provide evidence to your manager such as a letter from the district or borough council 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 allocated a role.

Please bear in mind if you are on a reserve list you could be needed at short notice.

Find out how to contact the relevant person at your district or borough council or read our election information.