Central Absentee Precinct (CAP)

Located in the Fairfax County Government Center, CAP (Central Absentee Precinct) is responsible for processing all absentee ballots, both mailed and voted in-person.

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:

  • Arrive on time and serve your full shift, either full-day or half-day.
  • Assist with opening and closing the voting machines, pollbooks and other tasks necessary to open and close CAP.
  • Serve as a check-in officer, electronic pollbook (EPB) officer and/or ballot officer processing absentee ballots.
  • Assist in the process of hand-counting ballots that cannot not be electronically scanned. (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. CAP officers must attend CAP-specific election training. 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)

What will I be paid?

Full-day pay (Rates effective as of November 5, 2013)

  • Chief election officer: $250
  • Assistant chief Election officer: $200
  • Election officer: $175

In addition, CAP election officers will receive a bonus when working on the November 5th General & Special Elections.

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?

There are three ways to apply:

1. By email to voting@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 Application form. Select "Central Absentee Precinct (CAP)" on the form.

3. Call us at 703-324-4756 or 703-324-7739.



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