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14 May 2019

Join our count team at European Parliamentary Election

It's been a frantic period but I'm really proud of my elections team for all their hard work so far, they've been working round the clock to make sure all the arrangements are in place.

Carlton Brand, Wiltshire Council Executive Director and Wiltshire's Returning Officer

Wiltshire Council is urging people to join their count team to support the European Parliamentary Election, with it taking place just over a week away.

The council is looking for count staff to support the election on 23 May, particularly in Salisbury.

People need to be aged 18 or over and be able to carry out simple counting to carry out the role, and will be paid £100 for their time. Reasonable travel expenses will also be reimbursed. The Salisbury verification takes place on 23 May at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre and people will be required from around 9pm until approx. 2am. Anyone interested in supporting the election should email electionstaff@wiltshire.gov.uk

Wiltshire Council's election team have been busy recruiting staff, booking count and polling station venues and arranging poll cards to be sent out, following the short notice that the election is going ahead.

Here is some of the key information people need:
• The polls open from 7am until 10pm across the county on 23 May
• It's too late to register to vote in person or via post but the deadline to appoint a proxy vote is 5pm on 15 May
• Postal votes must be back with Wiltshire Council by 10pm on 23 May for them to be counted
• People don't need to take their poll card to vote but it does help speed up the process at the polling station if they do
• The verification takes place on the evening of 23 May into the early hours, and this process ensures that the right number of ballots are in each box
• The formal count gets underway on the afternoon of Sunday 26 May with results for Wiltshire fed to Bournemouth, Chirstchurch and Poole Council, as they are collating the south west region's results
• The OVO Energy Tour Series also takes place on 23 May in Salisbury, which means road closures and restrictions will be in place. However, polling stations will still be accessible in Salisbury and people should just allow themselves a little more time to get to theirs

Wiltshire Council Executive Director and Wiltshire's Returning Officer, Carlton Brand, said: "It's been a frantic period but I'm really proud of my elections team for all their hard work so far, they've been working round the clock to make sure all the arrangements are in place.

"Given the short notice and the fact it's close to a bank holiday weekend, we still need count staff to support us on 23 May, so I'd urge people to put their name forward and earn a bit of extra money."

More information can be found on the European Parliamentary Election pages of our website.

Last updated: 14 May 2019 | Last reviewed: 14 May 2019

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