Working at the Polls

Fairfax County Election Officers: The hours are long, the pay is low, but your contribution to democracy is enormous!

For Election Officers

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How To Apply to Be an Election Officer

To apply to become an Election Officer:

Please note, your information will be submitted to the local political committee for approval. The committee may contact you to verify your political party affiliation.See Code of Virginia §24.2-115. Appointment, qualifications, and terms of officers of election.


  • You must be a registered voter of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • You cannot hold elected office or be the employee of an elected official.
  • You must enjoy meeting people and serving the public.
  • You must be able to take direction, pay attention to detail and not be easily distracted.
  • You must be available to work the entire day on Election Day
  • A completed Federal I-9 form must be submitted by all NEW election officers prior to serving in any Fairfax County election.

Responsibilities on Election Day

Election Officers are required to...

  • Arrive at the polling place at 5:00 a.m. on Election Day and remain until all tallies have been completed.
  • Set up voting equipment and prepare the polling place for voting.
  • Process voters by checking names on list of registered voters.
  • Admit voters to voting machines.
  • Tally results.
  • Secure voting machines (Code of Virginia, §24.2-1009: Stealing or tampering with ballot containers, voting or registration equipment, software, records or documents is a Class 5 felony.
  • Close the polling place.


New election officers must attend a training class prior to serving at the polls. Experienced election officers are required to attend training classes when specified by the Office of Elections. Chief and Assistant Chief election officers are required by the Code of Virginia, § 24.2-115,to attend training prior to every election in which they serve. Additional classes are held prior to special and primary elections. Training class schedules are made available online prior to elections. Training information includes Chief/Assistant Chief and Election Officer class schedules.

Chief and Assistant Chief officers are required to attend a training class prior to each election. In addition, the Chief Officer is responsible for returning materials to the Government Center on election night or by noon the day following the election.

Position:                                Pay (Effective November 5, 2013): 

Chief Officer                            $250 

Assistant Chief Officer              $200 

Election Officer                        $175 

Where will I be working?

Whenever possible, Election Officers are assigned to their "home" precinct. However, if there are no vacancies at your polling place, you may be assigned to a nearby precinct or asked to work in the Central Absentee Precinct (CAP). Unassigned officers are asked to serve as "stand-bys" to fill in for scheduled officers who cannot serve.

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