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Democracy needs you - as a Leeds election counter
Polling station
Can you help out at your local polling station?

When an election comes round, people view it as their duty to record a vote for one party or another.

However there's no reason why you can't get more involved in the process.

Leeds City Council are giving people the chance to play an important part behind the scenes in the forthcoming local and national elections as vote counters.

Responsible, honest people are required to count and collate votes once the polls close.

With local authority elections to take place on Thursday 6 May 2010 and the announcement of a General Election due in the near future, more counters than usual will be required.

Ballot box
Don't just exercise your right to vote - help others to do so as well.

Around 550 people in total are expected to be needed for the important task of checking and counting the votes and anyone over the age of 18 can put themselves forward. Fees will be paid.

In addition to the large number of counters required the council is also recruiting the extra people needed for a variety of other elections posts. They include poll clerks to work at polling stations and postal vote opening clerks.

To find out more about applying, call 0113 395 2858, visit the Leeds elections employment section on the council's website (where you can also download an application form) or email the council.




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