Central Absentee Precinct (CAP)

Located only in the Fairfax County Government Center on Election Day, CAP (Central Absentee Precinct) is responsible for processing absentee ballots.

What are the qualifications?

  • You must be a U.S. citizen and registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • You cannot hold elected office or be the employee of an elected official.
  • You must be a team player.
  • You must be able to take direction, pay attention to detail and not be easily distracted.
  • You must be available to work an entire day or a full half-day shift on Election Day.
  • New election officers must fulfill federal I-9 requirements
  • You must complete and submit the Fairfax County Election Officer Oath form.
  • You must attend a training class specifically for CAP election officers.

What are my responsibilities on Election Day?

CAP election officer responsibilities: (Note that these differ from those of precinct officers)

  • Arrive on time and serve your full shift, either full-day or half-day.
  • Serve as a check-in officer, electronic pollbook (EPB) officer and/or ballot officer to process absentee ballots.
  • Assist with hand-counting votes onballots that cannot not be electronically scanned.
  • Assist in opening and closing CAP and other tasks as necessary. (Return to top)

When will I be working?

  • Full-day shift: 5:30 a.m. until all ballots have been processed and counted and CAP is closed.
  • Morning (a.m.) shift: 5:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Afternoon (pm) shift: 2:30 p.m. - until all ballots have been processed and counted and CAP is closed. (Return to top)

Most tasks may be conducted while seated.

Will I be trained? 

The duties of CAP officers differ greatly from the duties of polling place election officers. New CAP officers must attend CAP-specific election training. All CAP officers must attend training in presidential election years and whenever there are changes to our equipment and/or procedures. Training classes last approximately 3 hours.

November 2016 CAP election officer training schedule

Saturday Sept. 10:  

  • 9:30 a.m. Conference Center Rm 4/5

Wednesday Sept. 14

  • 9 a.m. Conference Center Rm 4/5
  • 6 p.m. Conference Center Rm 4/5

Tuesday Sept. 20:

  • 1 p.m.  Conference Center Rm 2/3
  • 6 p.m. Conference Center Rm 2/3

Monday Sept. 26

  • 9 a.m. Rm 120 C (enter through the cafeteria)
  • 1 p.m. Rm 120 C (enter through the cafeteria)

Tuesday Sept. 27

  • 9 a.m. Rm 120 C (enter through the cafeteria)
  • 1 p.m. Rm 120 C (enter through the cafeteria)

Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • 9 a.m. Rm 120 C (enter through the cafeteria)

 Register for a class (registration is required!):

Email CentralAbsentee@fairfaxcounty.gov or call (703) 324-4742 (email is preferred)

  1. Provide your name and phone number.
  2. Tell us the dates and times of your first and second choices of the class you would like to attend.  
  3. Let us know if you are a returning CAP election officer or if this is your first time serving in CAP.

If you have not yet applied to be an Election Officer, include your home address and tell us you are “new.”

What will I be paid?

Full-day pay  

  • Chief election officer: $250
  • Assistant chief Election officer: $250
  • Election officer: $175
  • Half-day shift: $87.50

Election officers may also choose to volunteer their time instead of receiving pay.

Where will I be working?

Fairfax County Government Center
Conference Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035

How do I apply to work at CAP?

There are three ways to apply to work at the Central Absentee Precinct.(If you would like to work in an in-person voting precinct on Election Day instead, click here)

1. By email to CentralAbsentee@fairfaxcounty.gov (CAP election officers must be included in the subject line). You must include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Current address
  • Daytime telephone number
  • Date of birth
  • Your specific request to be assigned to the CAP precinct
  • Indicate whether you would prefer to represent the Democratic party, Republican party, or either party as needed on Election Day, or serve as an independent, as mandated by the Code of Virginia, § 24.2-115, Appointment, qualifications, and term of officers of election.

2. Complete and mail or email the Election Officer Interest form. Select "Central Absentee Precinct (CAP)" on the form.

3. Call us at 703-324-4735.

Questions? Email us at CentralAbsentee@Fairfaxcounty.gov



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