Working at the Polls
Fairfax County Election Officers: The hours are long, the pay is low, but your contribution to democracy is enormous!
- Training Schedule for the June 11, 2013 Democratic Primary Election
- Election Officer Application Form
- For Election Officers
- Responsibilities on Election Day
- Training (General Information)
- What Will I Be Paid?
- Where Will I Be Working?
- For more information, E-mail or call us at 703-324-4735
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- Spring 2012 VOTE NOTES - Newsletter for Election Officers
- Spring 2011 Vote Notes - Fairfax County Election Officer Newsletter
- Video: Serve at the Polls, Serve as a Fairfax County Election Officer! - On YouTube
- Video: Young Adults Serving at the Polls - On YouTube
- Video: Who Are You? - Young Adults Serving at the Polls - On YouTube
- Video: Optical Scan Voting Machine Training .asx file - Video: Touchscreen Voting Machine Training .asx file
- Video: Optical Scan and Touchscreen Voting Machine Training Videos on YouTube
Electronic Poll Book Set-up On YouTube
- Video: Serve as an Election Officer .asx file - On YouTube
- Election Officer Application Form (You may also e-mail us with the basic application information)
- Election Officer Oath Form
- Federal I-9 requirements apply to all election officers. A completed Federal I-9 form must be submitted by all NEW election officers prior to serving in any Fairfax County 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.
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
§ 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. June 11, 2013
Primary Election training information. Training
information includes Chief/Assistant Chief and Election Officer
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.
- Video: Optical Scan Voting Machine Training On YouTube
- Video: Touchscreen Voting Machine Training On YouTube
Electronic Poll Book Set-up On YouTube
|Assistant Chief Officer||$150|
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.
If you would like to apply to serve as a Fairfax County election officer
please e-mail us with
the following information: your full name, current address, daytime
telephone number and your date of birth.This information is necessary
in order to verify your voter registration. Also, please indicate
whether you would prefer to represent either the Democratic party, the
Republican party or either party as needed on Election Day, as
mandated by the Code of Virginia,
§ 24.2-115, Appointment, qualifications, and term of officers of
You may also apply by calling 703-324-4735 or by downloading the Election Officer Application Form (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required, download Adobe Reader), completing it, and then mailing it to us at the address listed on the form.
The Fairfax County Electoral Board greatly appreciates those citizens
who help us to make our elections work!
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