Fairfax County Office of Elections Fairfax County Office of Elections

New Election Officer Application

If you have already filled out this form before, call 703-324-4735 or email elect@fairfaxcounty.gov to inquire about the status of your application.

Thank you for your interest in becoming an election officer in Fairfax County!

We primarily need officers who can serve for a full day (5:00 AM to approximately 9:00 PM, when all work is complete after polls close), for which you are paid $175.00. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities per the American with Disabilities Act; contact Elect@fairfaxcounty.gov.

After submitting this form, you will immediately receive an email with further instructions. You will need to schedule an appointment to complete hiring paperwork in-person at our office and then complete a 2-hour online training class.

We are currently accepting applications to serve in the November 8, 2022 General Election:

  • Applications received by Friday, August 12, 2022 will be considered in the first wave of assignments.
  • Applications received by Friday, September 16, 2022 will be considered in the second wave of assignments.
  • Final application deadline: Monday, October 17, 2022; applications will be considered if there are vacancies.
  • Applications received after these dates will be considered to serve in future elections.

Please be aware that we are required by the Code of Virginia to consider party affiliation in making assignments:

  • In our initial assignments, we need about 1,000 Democratic officers. We currently have about 2,000 Democratic officers available and eligible for assignment. This means not all Democratic officers will receive an assignment.
  • In our initial assignments, we need about 1,000 Republican officers. We currently have about 800 Republican officers available and eligible for assignment. This means we will assign all available Republican officers and we still need additional Republican officers.
  • In our initial assignments, we will assign 0 Independent officers. We currently have about 1,000 Independent officers available and eligible for assignment. We will assign Independent officers only if there are vacancies after assigning and confirming Democratic and Republican officers.
  • In our initial assignments, we need about 200 Language Officers. These are individuals who speak a required language (Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, or Farsi) and we have verified their language skills. Language Officers are assigned without regard for party affiliation.

Vietnamese and Korean speakers needed: Bilingual officers perform all regular election officer duties, including assisting most voters in English, but will be assigned to precincts with a significant number of voters who may primarily speak Vietnamese or Korean. If you speak Vietnamese or Korean, please apply to serve in the next election! If you were referred by another election officer, make sure to mention their name in the Comments box at the bottom of the application page.

High school students: If you will be 18 years old by the date of the next November election, you are eligible to serve as an election officer. Otherwise, you may be able to serve as a High School Page. More info: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/high-school-student-program

Upcoming elections:

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022 General and Special Elections
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2023 Primary Election (if held)
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2023 General and Special Elections

Frequently asked questions about Election Officer duties and responsibilities:
Please complete using your full legal name.
Which party do you prefer to represent?*  

Independents may not serve as Chief or Assistant Chief Election Officers. Election officers perform non-partisan job duties. Residents of Virginia do not register by party to vote, but the Code of Virginia requires us to consider party affiliation in assigning election officers and to try to assign an equal number of officers of each party in each precinct. Unaffiliated officers are assigned after Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, and party-affiliated officers.
On Election Day, I am willing to serve:*

How far are you willing to travel?
In addition to English, I am fluent in:
If you have moved recently, please check your voter registration to ensure it reflects your new address. Check your voter registration here.

We must match your given address with your Virginia voter registration, so please ensure your submit it correctly. For example, if your address is "1234 Main St NW", please enter it in the following format:
  • Street Number = "1234"
  • Street Name = "Main"
  • Street Type = "St"
  • Street Suffix = "NW"
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Contact InformationCONTACT INFO
Can we send text messages to your cell phone number?
We will only send you text messages in very limited circumstances, when we are unable to contact you by email or phone, or to communicate important announcements.

Additional QuestionsAdditional Information
I do not hold any elective office, nor am I the deputy or employee of an elected official of the governments of the United States, Virginia or any Virginia county, city or town.
I understand that if I choose to represent a party, my information will be submitted to my local political committee for endorsement.
I understand that I must attend a training session before the first election that I serve in during each appointment term (generally every 2 years), and anytime a change is made in equipment or procedures.
I understand that I must report to my assigned polling place on Election Day by 5:00 AM, I will not be permitted to leave the polling place during the day, and I must stay after the polls close until all work is complete.
What prompted you to become an election officer with Fairfax County?*
Please be more specific:
* Verification Code
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