Working at the Polls
Fairfax County Election Officers: The hours are long, the pay is low, but your contribution to democracy is enormous!
- How to Apply to Be an Election Officer
- Training Schedule - TBA
- Election Officer Application Form
- For Election Officers
- Responsibilities on Election Day
- Central Absentee Precinct (CAP)
- Training (General Information)
- What Will I Be Paid? (Effective November 5, 2013)
- Where Will I Be Working?
- For more information, E-mail or call us at 703-324-4735
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- New! Fall 2014 VOTE NOTES - Newsletter for Election Officers .pdf
- Spring 2014 VOTE NOTES - Newsletter for Election Officers .pdf
- Fall 2013 VOTE NOTES - Newsletter for Election Officers .pdf
- June 19, 2013 Election Officer Recognition Event Photos
- Spring 2012 VOTE NOTES - Newsletter for Election Officers .pdf
- Spring 2011 VOTE NOTES - Newsletter for Election Officers .pdf
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- Election Officer Application Form .pdf (You may also e-mail us with the basic application information)
- Election Officer Oath Form .pdf - Fillable
- 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.
To apply to become an Election Officer:
- Email us at email@example.com, with your name, home address, date of birth, telephone number and email address
- Or, call us at 703-324-4735
Or, complete an Election Officer Application Form and mail it to us
- 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. 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
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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E-mail or call us at 703-324-4735