Help needed at 2015 Wealden elections

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Parliamentary, District and parish and town council elections all take place on May 7 next year and the District Council’s electoral services teams need people to help at polling stations and take part in counts.

District returning officer Charles Lant said: “I can’t remember a busier time for running elections.

“We expect a turnout of around 70 per cent for the Parliamentary elections. Voters will also cast ballots for 55 representatives on Wealden District Council as well as members to sit on parish and town councils.

“We expect polling stations to be very busy on Thursday, May 7 but we will also have to run election counts overnight on Thursday and the following Saturday as part of the democratic process.

“We want people to help at the polling station and take part in counts. If you want to be part of the story, register your interest at: www.wealden.gov.uk/elections2015 .

New Year training sessions are organised for people who would like to consider helping as a poll clerk or taking part in election counts for the Thursday night into Friday morning Parliamentary count which starts at 10pm or the Saturday District and Parish/Town Council Count on Saturday, May 9. Helpers should be numerate, enthusiastic and have plenty of stamina.

Poll clerks and count assistants are paid. Poll clerks help at Polling Stations, greet voters, hand out ballot papers and mark the Register of Voters. Count assistants work in teams verifying numbers of ballot papers and counting votes cast. Both require a responsible, non-partisan approach. Poll clerks must be over 18, count assistants 16.