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Vote Counting at Elections?

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Boost Your Income
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Boost Your Income
Someone told me that you can get paid for counting votes at the election - does anyone know how to apply or if it's true?
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  • busiscoming2busiscoming2 Forumite
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    Yes you can although I have never done it. I emailed the electoral services dept at my local council and they have sent me the application forms for this coming election. HTH's.
  • I was asked to work at the counts a few times when I worked in a bank. It wasn't much money, about £20, but that was a few years ago now.
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  • meandmaboymeandmaboy Forumite
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    josie wrote: »
    Someone told me that you can get paid for counting votes at the election - does anyone know how to apply or if it's true?

    I've done this a few times I went onto the Council Website & filled out the application forms for all the different jobs available.
    I got selected to count the 'votes' twice & @ the last 'General Election' I was lucky enough to get a job in the Polling Stations.
    Our Council keep your name on file & send out the paperwork to ask if you are still interested when the 'elections' are due.
    The pay is okay for any of the jobs.

    hth
  • You can earn quite good money if you are bent. Particularly if you live in a marginal constituancy.
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  • josiejosie Forumite
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    Someone else on here saying it's >£100 for the night. I emailed my council to ask on 20/3 - no response! :(
  • scotsbobscotsbob Forumite
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    I emailed my council and applied to work at the polling centres. I got a letter today offering me a job as a Presiding Officer at a polling station for £235. Polling clerks get £152. Of course this is for a shift lasting from 6.30 AM to 10 PM. I assume the rate is the same throughout the UK.
    No idea what the pay is for the counting centre but it could be a long night if there were recounts.
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    I was offered the chance to count votes (had to decline though as already booked for work until quite late that day) £125, start at 9.55 pm and work until finished. My son is doing it this time and we both registered for work about 4/6 weeks ago.

    Tax will be deducted unless you fill out the usual HMRC form to state that you have allowances to cover.
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    scotsbob wrote: »
    I emailed my council and applied to work at the polling centres. I got a letter today offering me a job as a Presiding Officer at a polling station for £235. .... I assume the rate is the same throughout the UK.

    No, it's not. :(

    But there's an extra £50 for the training session :)

    Less tax, of course :(
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  • glentglent Forumite
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    I have Emailed my council twice in the last few weeks to no avail.

    I live in a small town and the people who did it last time have thier feet under the table sort it speak. Seems like a decent wager though :mad:
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