Central Absentee Precinct (CAP)

All of the CAP election officer positions have been filled, except for the on-call overnight shift (see below). If you would like to serve on this shift and have received election officer training in 2016, please contact us.

Thank you for your interest in serving in the Central Absentee Precinct.

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?

  • Full-day shift: 5:30 a.m. - midnight or when all ballots have been processed - FULL - stand-by assignments only
  • Morning shift: 5:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - FULL - stand-by assignments only
  • Afternoon shift: 2:30 p.m. - midnight FULL - stand-by assignments only
  • Evening shift: 5:30 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. - or when handcounts have been completed - FULL - stand-by assignments only
  • Overnight shift (on call, if needed): midnight - 9:30 a.m. or when all ballots have been processed and tabulated and CAP is closed

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

  • CAP training has been completed

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

BONUS! CAP election officers will receive a bonus for this election only:

  • Morning shift: $50
  • Afternoon shifts: $75

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 independent on Election Day, as mandated by the Code of Virginia, § 24.2-115, Appointment, qualifications, and term of officers of election
  • Which shift you would like to work
  • State your first and second choice for training date and time

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

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



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