Election Officers

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What is an Election Officer? 

Election Officers work at the polls on Election Day to ensure elections are run in an honest and well-organized manner.

Who can serve as an Election Officer?

You are eligible if you:

  • Are registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Do not hold an elective office or are not the employee or deputy of an elected official
  • Enjoy meeting other people and serving the public 
  • Have basic knowledge of computers
  • Are detail-oriented, able to take directions well, and not easily distracted

What type of people work as Election Officers? 

Just about everyone! Senior citizens, retirees, recent high school graduates, college students, people who work full-time and part-time, and people who are self-employed serve as election officers.

What do Election Officers do? 

The duties of an election officer include but are not limited to: 

  • Arriving at the polling place at 5 a.m. on Election Day. 
  • Setting up voting equipment and signs to prepare the polling place for voting
  • Processing voters by using a computer
  • Operating and instructing voters on the use of the voting equipment
  • Securing the voting equipment and closing the polling place 

A small number of Election officers work in the Central Absentee Precinct (CAP) on Election Day. These officers check the names of absentee voters off lists and tabulate the absentee ballots.


Are Election Officers paid? 

Election Officers are compensated at various rates of pay according to their responsibilities at the polling place. Election Officers must work at least one general election before being considered to serve as a Chief or an Assistant Chief. 

Click here, to serve as an election officer, or contact the
Office of the General Registrar at 757-393-8644,
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.