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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Chesterfield Seeks Additional Officers of Election for November Election

Sept. 1, 2020 

Chesterfield County Registrar’s Office 

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — With the November General Election only two months away, the Chesterfield County Registrar’s Office is sweetening the pot in its call for registered voters to become Officers of Election.

The county is offering a $100 bonus to poll workers selected to work during the Nov. 3 General Election – bringing their overall compensation for their work during Election Day to $250.

Officers of Election are registered voters that play a vital role in ensuring the integrity of the election and assisting voters in having a successful and enjoyable voting experience.

Chesterfield currently boasts more than 1,300 Officers of Election. However, an overwhelming number of those officers are over the age of 65, and with the growing concerns about the resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall, the Registrar’s Office is preparing for several of those officers to potentially sit out this election.

In anticipation of potentially historic voter turnout this November, the county is looking to add officers that reflect the diverse fabric of Chesterfield.

“This is a real opportunity for a new generation of public servants to step up and serve their community.” said Chesterfield General Registrar and Director of Elections Constance L. Hargrove. “Becoming an Officer of Election is a wonderful way for registered voters from all walks of life to learn about the democratic process, and help their fellow residents exercise their most fundamental right as an American.”

All potential officers must be registered voters in Virginia.

A typical day for an officer working the polls begins at 5 a.m. and does not end until all the votes are counted and reported.

Other duties include:

  • Greeting and providing directions
  • Helping voters that may not be able to leave their vehicle to vote
  • Checking in voters and issuing a ballot
  • Sanitizing communal areas within the polling place so they are safe for voters
  • Sitting and standing for long periods as well as being able to lift up to 40 pounds with assistance.

Serving as an officer is a wonderful opportunity for teenagers over the age of 18 and college students looking to make some extra cash, while learning about the most important tenet of a democracy. Furthermore, the Virginia General Assembly voted to make Nov. 3 a state holiday for several educators and state workers, making this a great way to engage with the public and give back to your community.

“We’re casting our net wide this year to find more Officers of Elections.” Hargrove said. “We know how different this election is going to be over previous years; finding hardworking and determined officers is paramount in making our voters feel safe and confident in the election process.”

To sign up to become an officer and for more information, go to www.PromoteTheVoteCfield.org or call 804-748-1471.

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