Working at the Polls
Fairfax County is the largest jurisdiction in Virginia with 243 precincts countywide. It takes thousands of enthusiastic and trained election officers to help ensure that we have efficient and well-run elections. We need your help – please consider applying today!
UPDATE October 4, 2016. Thank you for your interest in serving as an Election Officer in Fairfax County. We have reached full capacity in our training classes and are no longer offering sessions for the November 2016 Presidential Election. You may apply and continue the application process to be placed on our list for future elections. The only openings available at this time are at the Central Absentee Precinct (CAP) where absentee ballots are processed.
Who Can Be an Election Officer?
- A registered Virginia voter, who isn’t an elected official or an employee of an elected official.
- On Election Day, you must be available to serve from approximately 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later (polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
- Helpful traits to have include good communications skills, high energy level, enjoy being with people, detail oriented and patience. Computer and bilingual skills are also valuable!
What Will I Do as an Election Officer?
Prior to Election Day you will attend election officer training, so
you will be prepared to:
- Set up voting equipment.
- Check photo IDs and check names on the electronic poll book.
- Provide assistance and instructions in using the voting machines.
- Tabulate the results at the close of the polls.
Will I Be Paid?
- Election officers are paid $175 for working a full Election Day. Election officers must work at least one general election before being considered for an assistant chief election officer ($225) or chief election officer ($250).
- You can also volunteer your time instead of being paid!
Where Will I Be Working?
- Whenever possible, you will be assigned to your closest or "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 at the Government Center. Unassigned officers are asked to serve as standbys to fill in for scheduled officers who cannot serve.
You Mentioned Training?
- New election officers must attend training (3 hours) prior to serving at the polls.
- Other supplemental training classes will also be available.
How Do I Apply to Be an Election Officer?
- Visit the application portal at www.vote4fairfax.com/serve. Sign up and submit the application online.
- You may be contacted by the local political party to confirm your political party affiliation.
- Once your eligibility has been verified, we will contact you with additional instructions, including visiting our offices to fill out forms such as the Federal Employment Eligibility Verification form (I9), and your election officer oath and appointment form.
Election Officer Info:
703-324-4735, TTY 711
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy., Ste. 323
Fairfax, VA 22035
Listen to our podcast on the need for election officers.
Watch our video about becoming an election officer. Click here for Spanish language version.