Becoming an Officer of Election


A rewarding way to get involved in the democracy on which our nation is founded is to serve as an election officer.

Officers are needed to help conduct elections in the City's 18 precincts and Central Absentee Precinct.


  • You are a registered voter in Virginia
  • You have completed an introduction to becoming an election officer meeting
  • You have completed the required New Officer of Election training
  • The Electoral Board has appointed you as an Officer of Election

An Officer of Election's primary role and responsibility is to ensure correct procedures are followed at his or her assigned precinct on Election Day.

Position Requirements

Officers of Election will be required to:

  • Complete Oath of Affirmation
  • Attend all required training sessions
  • Complete a background check
  • Complete a Confidentiality Oath
  • Report to the polls on time
  • Follow established procedures
  • Deal effectively with voters and work well with other officers
  • Contact General Registrar as needed
  • Contact Electoral Board as needed
  • Perform work accurately and neatly
  • Complete required yearly training and paperwork

Polling Place Assignments

Whenever possible, Election Officers are assigned to their "home" precincts. However, if there are no vacancies at your polling place, you may be assigned to a nearby precinct. You may also be asked to serve as a stand by officer to fill in for scheduled Election Officers who cancel. Polls are always open from 6 am to 7 pm.