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Put yourself at the heart of the local elections this May

Published: 10 March 2021

A countywide appeal is being made to Derbyshire residents to come forward and help in the county council elections this May.


Derbyshire is to go to the polls on Thursday 6 May 2021 to elect its County Council for the first time in four years.

The paid election roles which people can apply for include presiding officers, poll clerks and count assistants. Training is given to successful applicants.

As well as county council elections, some Derbyshire district and borough councils are also holding their own elections, Derby City Council is holding its own election and there is also an election for the role of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner across the city and county on the same day.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May and votes will be counted on Friday 7 May 2021.

The county council elections are run at a local level by district and borough councils, and while many people have already put themselves forward for an election role, there are still vacancies in all areas, ranging from presiding officers and poll clerks to vote counters and people to manage potential queues outside polling stations.

As well as ensuring all the roles are filled, it is the aim to have a pool of people on standby in case issues arise due to coronavirus and people need to be replaced at the last minute due to illness or having to isolate.

People offering to work on either of the two days should apply via their district or borough council or to the city council.

Derbyshire County Council Managing Executive Director Emma Alexander said:

“We rely on an army of people to step forward to help us run our local elections and make sure they go smoothly.

“The teams working behind the scenes are facing particular challenges this time due to the pandemic but are determined to ensure everything is as safe and secure as it can possibly be, and the election is delivered in a professional and timely way.

“More people are needed to come forward for these paid-for roles and by stepping up they really will be at the heart of the local elections helping the wheels of democracy to continue to turn.”

Find out how to apply for an election role.