Voting and elections

Working for the Returning Officer

The Local Returning Officer is now recruiting for staff to work at the European Parliamentary Election on Thursday 23 May 2019 and at the counting of votes on Sunday 26th May 2019.

What is involved?

If appointed to work at a Polling Station, staff need to be at the venue from 6am-10pm on Thursday 23 May – the payment amount is yet to be confirmed. To be appointed as Presiding Officers you must have previous experience of working at the poll as you have legal responsibility for the polling station. Staff will also need to attend a compulsory training session.

If appointed to work at the Count which is taking place on Sunday 26 May you will probably be required to work from around 9am – 7pm but details will be confirmed nearer the time. Payment for this role is also to be confirmed.

How do I apply?

An application form can be found at the bottom of this page. This will need to be completed and returned via email if possible to Hard copies can be sent to Electoral Services, Town Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD.

If you work for LB Islington you will need to get your line manager to countersign your application so we know that you can be released for the day. You will not need to take a day’s leave if you are appointed to a polling station or to work at the count.

When will I hear?

Appointments will be made over the next few weeks and we will contact you if you have been appointed. As we usually receive a large number of applications we are not able to contact you if you have not been appointed. However, all those not initially appointed are automatically added to the reserve list.

If you have any questions please contact Electoral Services via

Please do not contact us to check your application has been received as this has a huge impact on our small team. If you receive our automatic email response, we have received it!

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