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. 

When will I be working?

You may choose to work the full day, or the morning or afternoon shift.

  • Full-day shift: 5:30 a.m. - midnight or when all ballots have been processed
  • Morning shift: 5:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Afternoon shift: 2:30 p.m. - midnight or when all ballots have been processed

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. (Non absentee) Polling place EO training is not required. Training classes last approximately 3 hours.

To register for a class (registration is required!): Register through your PollChief account. All training requests require a PollChief account. Please visit our registration section for more information on account creation.

For returning CAP election officers: (optional)
Training class: CAP Wrkshp
Who may attend? Returning CAP election officers who trained in 2016 and who would like to brush up on the envelope review and EPB process
Class duration: 2.5 hours

For new CAP election officers:
Training class: CAP EO
Who may attend? New CAP election officers who did not attend CAP training in 2016
Class duration: 3 hours

For CAP chief and assistant chief officers:
Training class: CAP C-AC
Who may attend? CAP election officers who are serving as chiefs, assistant chiefs, or closers
Class duration: 3 hours

For CAP scan team members:
Training class: CAP Scan
Who may attend? CAP election officers who are serving on the scan team
Class duration: 3 hours

What will I be paid?

  • Chief election officer: $250
  • Assistant chief election officer: $250
  • Election officer full day: $175
  • Election officer 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?

  • Visit the application portal at www.vote4fairfax.com/serve. Sign up and submit the application online. Be sure to indicate that you wish to work at the Central Absentee Precinct.
  • You may be contacted by the local political party to confirm your political party affiliation.
  • Once your eligibility has been verified, we will contact you with additional instructions, including visiting our offices to fill out forms such as the Federal Employment Eligibility Verification form (I9), and your election officer oath and appointment form.

Questions? Email us at CentralAbsentee@Fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-4742


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