Each year, the Arlington County Electoral Board appoints hundreds of citizens to work at the polls and ensure elections are run in an honest and well-organized manner.
Who can work at the polls?
- Registered Virginia voters
- Not an elected office or someone who works for an elected official
- Available from 5 am – 9 pm or later on Election Day
- Enjoy serving the public, possess detail-oriented skills, and can take direction well to uphold state and federal laws
- If you are a high school student, learn about our High School Page Program
What do Election Officers do?
Election officers set up the precinct for the election including making sure equipment is operating properly and signage is put in place. On Election Day, they check in voters, distribute ballots, and provide assistance in using the voting machines. At the end of Election Day, election officials will tabulate results and clean up the polling place.
Is Training Provided?
Yes. All new Election Officers are required to attend a 2-hour training class. Classes are held prior to each election at several locations at a variety of times. A schedule of training classes and a link to sign up online is included with your assignment information for each election delivered via email.
Are Election Officers Paid?
Yes. Election Officers receive $175 for each election day worked. Each precinct also has a Chief and Assistant Chief Election Officer. Chiefs are paid $230, and Assistant Chiefs receive $200. Election Officers must work at least one general election before being considered for Chief or Assistant Chief positions.
Ready to apply?
Please note if you have already served as an election official or completed an application, you do not need to apply again. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-228-3456 if you have questions.
I’ve applied. Now what?
Once you’ve submitted an application, we will verify your eligibility and contact you if we have any questions. Once your eligibility has been determined, we will send you an appointment email with additional instructions. Election Officers must be appointed each year by our Electoral Board.
Returning and assigned workers can access assignment details, training materials, and other information. Click here for details.