Be an Officer of Election

Having thoughts about being an active participant in the electoral process? Become an Officer of Election (OOE)!

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.


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


Cannot hold elected office or be the employee of an elected official.

Application Process

You can apply online to become an Officer of Election.

Things to Remember

  • An officer of election must 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).
  • The Chief Officer will contact you approximately 30 days before the election to see if you can work.
  • Becoming an Officer of Election (OOE) does not guarantee that you will work every election.
  • For your service, you will earn a minimum of $150.
  • All OOEs are eligible to vote an Absentee Ballot. Officers may request an absentee ballot mailed to their home or take advantage of in-person absentee voting before Election Day.
  • Letters confirming officer of election service (PDF) are provided on request.