The hours are long, the pay is low, but your contribution to democracy is enormous!

Prince William County needs nearly 1,000 dependable and committed citizens to serve as Election Officers in its 92 precincts for each General Election.  If you are interested in becoming an Election Officer, please complete the online application or download the printable application and mail or fax 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.


Election Day responsibilities

  • Arrive at the polling place at 5:00 a.m. on Election Day and remain until all tallies have been completed (sometime after the polls close at 7:00 p.m.).
  • Set up voting equipment and prepare the polling place for voting.
  • Look up voters by checking names in the Electronic Pollbook.
  • Admit voters to voting machines.
  • Tally results.
  • Secure voting machines and Electronic Pollbooks.
  • Close the polling place.



Every new Election Officer is required to attend a training class prior to serving for the first time.  Classes lasting about three hours are held at different locations in the County.  Additional classes are held prior to each election according to specific requirements.  These may include review courses for experienced Officers, classes tailored to Voting Machine and/or Electronic Pollbook Specialists, and optional "Summer Seminars" that concentrate on specific topics. Class schedules are announced prior to each election.

Chief and Assistant Chief Officers are required to attend a training class prior to each election in which they serve.  In addition, the Chief Officer is responsible for picking up materials prior to Election Day and returning materials to the General Registrar’s Office by 11:00 a.m. on the day following the election.

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Where will I be working?

Whenever possible, Election Officers are assigned to their 'home' precinct (the precinct at which they are registered to vote).  However, if there are no vacancies at your home precinct, you may be assigned to a nearby precinct. 

Election Officers who speak Spanish or American Sign Language may be asked to accept assignment to a nearby precinct where special requirements exist.

A small number of Officers are asked to serve as Stand-by Officers.  Standby Officers are assigned as an extra at their precinct, available for reassignment to a nearby precinct on Election Day morning in case of an emergency. 

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How do I vote if I’m not working at my “home” precinct?

Election Officers are eligible to vote by Absentee Ballot for just this reason.  You may request a ballot be mailed to your home or you can take advantage of In-Person Absentee Voting and vote before Election Day.  Please visit our page on Absentee Voting, or download an Absentee Ballot Application.

You may also request an application by calling 703-792-6470. 

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When will I be paid?

Checks are mailed out by the Department of Finance approximately four weeks after each election.  If you complete the form for direct deposit, your will receive your pay earlier.  Each Officer is paid for Election Day and any mandatory training class attended.  Chief Election Officers are also compensated for the time and travel required to pick up and return election materials.

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Click the link to learn more about the Student Election Page Program for High School Students.