Office of Elections

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

703 324 4735
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway Suite 323

Election Manager

Election Officer Training

In the event that Fairfax County Government Offices close due to inclement weather, training opportunities will be cancelled. For additional information on operating status, please call the Fairfax County Government Emergency Information Line at 703-817-7771. Information is also available through the County’s website, Twitter, and Facebook

Classes will also be cancelled in the event of facility closures, i.e., power outages, etc. The Office of Elections will make every effort to contact registrants prior to a cancellation. Registrants for cancelled classes may re-enroll in a later class.

In order to serve as an Election Officer you must first register for an Election Officer Portal account. This service allows an Officer to:
  • Sign up to serve as an Election Officer and submit availability for each election

  • Verify and update personal information

  • Select training classes

  • Receive and confirm precinct assignments

  • Receive important election information through emails and text messages

Are you an existing Election Officer? Please sign in through the Election Officer Portal to access the latest training schedule, materials, and up-to-date information for the upcoming election.

What do I do if I have an Election Officer Portal account?

If you already have an Election Officer Portal account, please log in to set your training date/time. If you are not sure, especially if you last served in 2016 or prior, please contact us.


What do I do if I forgot my Election Officer Portal username or account password?

If you have an Election Officer Portal account but forgot the username or password, please visit the Forgot Username/Password page for assistance.

What do I do if I have never served an election in Fairfax County?

If you have never served an election in Fairfax County, please register for an Election Officer Portal account.

Please direct any questions or concerns to or call us at (703) 324-4735 (email is preferred).



Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person Election Officer training classes are cancelled. We are offering online training instead.

After applying to be an Election Officer and completing your hiring paperwork, you will receive access to the online training in the Election Officer Portal.

The following training classes are for Election Officers working at one of Fairfax County's 264 precincts on Election Day. Please visit Central Absentee Precinct (CAP) Election Officer Training Information if you are a CAP Election Officer who will be working at the Fairfax County Government Center.

All new and returning Election Officers must complete state-mandated training each appointment term before they are eligible to serve. Appointment terms are generally two years; the current term began in early 2023. Additionally, all Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs must complete a Chiefs Briefing before each election. All training requests require an Election Officer Portal account (see registration section).
Please note that classes reflected on this page may change at any time and do not supersede the list found on your Election Officer Portal account. Please use your Election Officer Portal account for the most up-to-date information.

Required for all new and returning Election Officers who have not completed state-mandated training during the current appointment term. Classes run approximately 3 hours.
Optional training for long-time officers or those curious about becoming an Assistant Chief or Chief. This training does not guarantee placement as an Assistant Chief or Chief, does not satisfy the two-year Election Officer training requirement, and does not replace the pre-election Chiefs Briefing. Classes run approximately 3.5 hours.
All Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs must complete a pre-election briefing before each election. Only those serving as Chief or Assistant Chief may participate. Classes run approximately 2 hours.
In addition to the briefing, Chief Election Officers and Assistant Chief Election Officers must schedule a time to be sworn in and pick up their Election Day supplies before each election.

Equipment Practice Sessions are open house-style events for all officers where we will have trainers, Poll Pads, ExpressVotes, and DS200s available for you. You may stop by for 5 minutes or 50 minutes and we will be happy to answer all of your questions! You can also spend as much time as you'd like getting familiar with the equipment.
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