In an unusual move, North Ayrshire Council is to offer local residents the chance of ‘working’ at polling places on September 18th as Scotland votes in the Independence Referendum.
Positions counting the
votes are also up for grabs, but anyone with a link to either the YES or
No campaigns can forget about applying.
Normally, positions at
polling places and as vote-counters are filled by Council staff, but on
this occasion the local authority is inviting applications for the
roles. Each position will pay £150, but vote-counters should be aware
that it will involve a nightshift. The count across Scotland will take
place overnight with the aim that Scots will know the result when they
get up on the morning of September 19th.
There are three positions available, which the Council describe as:
Clerk – involves assisting the Returning Officer, Presiding Officer and
election office staff to ensure the smooth running of Polling Stations,
and to enable voters to cast their votes in secret, free from influence
and in a calm atmosphere.
Information Officer – which will
include working with Presiding Officers and Polling Clerks within a
Polling Place, greeting voters and directing them quickly and
efficiently to the correct polling station to allow them to cast their
Enumerator - working within the Verification/Count team.
Enumerators are responsible for counting the number of ballot papers in a
ballot box then sorting them according to the voters' choice. Duties
are undertaken in a pressurised environment where a high degree of
accuracy and concentration is required.
The Council also makes
clear that successful candidates will be required to attend training
sessions and to “undertake appropriate testing”.
Application forms for the referendum positions are available here and should be returned to the Council by Friday (August 1st).