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What is an Officer of Election? 

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

Who can serve as an Officer of Election?

 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 Officers of Election?

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 officers of election.

What do Officers of Election 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 officers of election 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 Officers of Election paid?

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

Click here for more information on the roles and responsibilities of an officer of election.

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