Central Absentee Precinct (CAP)
Located only in the Fairfax
County Government Center on Election Day, CAP (Central
Absentee Precinct) is responsible for processing absentee
- What are the qualifications?
- What are my responsibilities on Election Day?
- When will I be working?
- Will I be trained?
- What will I be paid?
- Where will I be working?
- How do I apply?
- Download the CAP election officer training manual (.pdf large file) - Updated October 29, 2014
- Download the CAP Chief manual (.pdf large file) - Effective October 31, 2014
- Download the CAP scan team manual (.pdf large file) - Effective October 31, 2014
- Download the "What If's" for Chiefs (.pdf) - Effective October 31, 2014
- 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
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)
- 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.
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 2.5 hours, and will be conducted in room 315C, at the Fairfax County Government Center.
CAP election officer training schedule (not available at this time)
- 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.
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035
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
3. Call us at 703-324-4735.
Questions? Email us at CentralAbsentee@Fairfaxcounty.gov