Be an Officer of Election

Want to be an active participant in the electoral process? Serve as an Officer of Election and work the polls on Election Day.

Whether you are a person of leisure, are retired, are a student, or work, you can serve your community, fulfill your civic duty, and earn a little extra money. It takes over 900 OOEs in 76 precincts (polling locations) to conduct an election in Chesterfield County.

Did you know?

Any person who serves as an Officer of Election as defined in Virginia Code Section 24.2-101 shall neither be discharged from employment, nor have any adverse personnel action taken against him, nor shall he be required to use sick leave or vacation time, as a result of his absence from employment due to such service, provided he gave reasonable notice to his employer of such service {Virginia Code Section 24.2-118.1}.


To serve as an Officer of Election you must:

  • Be a registered voter of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Enjoy meeting people and serving the public.
  • Be able to take direction, pay attention to detail, and not be easily distracted.
  • Be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time.
  • Be able to lift 40 pounds.
  • Be available to work the entire day on Election Day (5 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m.).
  • Not hold elected office or be the employee of an elected official.

Application Process


Officers of Election are required to complete training prior to working in his/her first election. This training requirement repeats every three years with the start of a new term of service (i.e. March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2021).

Chief and Deputy Chief Officers of Election are required to attend a training class prior to each election in which he/she serves. The Chief and Deputy Chief Officers are also responsible for picking up and returning materials to the Registrar's Office.

How will I know if I am needed to work an election?

The Chief Officer will contact you approximately 30 days before the election to ask if you are available to work.

Where will I work?

Whenever possible, each Officer of Election is assigned to work at his/her voting "home" precinct; however, if there are no vacancies at the home precinct, a nearby precinct may be assigned.

How do I vote if I am not working at my "home" precinct?

All Officers of Election are eligible to vote by Absentee Ballot, whether assigned to his/her home precinct or not. Officers may request an absentee ballot be mailed to his/her home or take advantage of In-Person Absentee Voting and vote before Election Day.

How much will I be paid and when will I be paid?

Payments are issued by the Chesterfield County Payroll Department within approximately 3-5 weeks after each election. Payments include service for election day plus any training class attended.

  • Chief Officer - $210
  • Deputy Chief Officer - $175
  • Officer of Election - $150
  • Training Class - $20