REQUIREMENTS AND ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS
✓ Must be a registered voter of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
✓ You cannot hold elected office or be the employee of an elected official.
✓ Must attend the November Election training session.
✓ Be able to speak, read and write English.
✓ You must choose a political party to represent so each precinct is staffed appropriately.
✓ You must not engage in any political conversation with voters and/or fellow Election Officials.
Communicate no bias or opinions on the election or candidates.
✓ You must have working knowledge of computers so that you can operate the Electronic Pollbooks to
check in voters in addition to the ability to complete online training when provided.
✓ You must have access to a computer/tablet/smart phone in order to receive email communication to
access and utilize our Easy Vote Web Portal.
✓ Must be able to follow directions, understand and operate the voting equipment once trained.
✓ Cannot conduct personal business within the polling location.
✓ Election Officials work for the Electoral Board and follow the guidelines and standards that lead to
exceptional customer service for our citizens in helping them be successful voters on Election Day.
✓ Election Officials must maintain a “good reputation” with colleagues and voters in the precinct. Be
courteous, professional and helpful to our voters.
✓ Must be willing to do what is necessary to maintain and secure voting environment.
✓ Wear appropriate attire (no blue jeans, workout clothes, t-shirts, or shorts).
Chief Election Officers will observe the performance of assigned officers and should communicate their
concerns to provide the opportunity for corrective action. Certain circumstances may call for an Election Official
to be asked to leave or removed before duties are complete. Any questionable performance by an appointed
Election Official will be communicated to Voter Registration & Elections. Staff will review the situation and take
one of the following actions: reassign to another polling location, not assigned for future election, or not
recommend officer for reappointment. Election Officials may not be assigned to work future elections. Officers
not satisfied with action taken may appeal to the Electoral Board by emailing email@example.com.
HOURS AND PLACEMENT
You must be available to work the entire Election Day. For security reasons, no exceptions are permitted.
Arrive at the polling location at 5:00 a.m. and remain there until the election results have been reported, all
paperwork has been completed and the polling place is returned to its original order (generally around 9:00
p.m.; for Presidential Election - 11:00 p.m.).
Whenever possible, you will be placed in your “voting” precinct. However, if there are no vacancies, you will be
placed at a nearby precinct not more than 10 miles from your registered address or placed on a waitlist until
there is availability. There is a possibility that we might ask you to change polling locations prior to Election Day
in order to meet staffing requirements.
CANCELLATION / LATE / NO SHOW POLICY
We understand that unexpected obligations, work commitments and illnesses can affect your schedule.
However, the sooner you notify Voter Registration & Elections, the better chance we have to find a
replacement. Late cancellations and No Shows have a significant impact on a polling location.
CANCELLATIONS: Two (2) cancellations may put you on a waitlist for future elections and will only be placed after verbal
confirmation of availability.
LATE: Arriving late not only reflects negatively on you but it also impacts the other Election Officials preparing to open the
polls. Late arrival to a training class or on Election Day may result in you being waitlisted or your Election Official
appointment being cancelled.
NO SHOW: If you fail to show up on Election Day, your Election Official appointment is automatically cancelled. Election
Officials are considered “no shows” when they fail to cancel.