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Serve your community, become an Election Official for Albemarle County 

The hours are long, the pay is low, but your contribution to democracy is enormous--

Albemarle County assigns as many as 350 Election Officials to serve in 31 precincts. 

The qualifications to be an Election Official are:

You must be a registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia
You cannot be an elected official or the deputy or employee of an elected official
You must enjoy meeting people and serving the public
You must be able to take direction, pay attention to detail, and not be easily distracted
You must be available to work the entire day on Election Day

Print out an Election Official Application Form


Fill out an online form at the Department of Elections website

Election Day responsibilities include:

Arrive at your assigned polling place at about  5:00 AM and stay until all results have been tabulated
Set up voting equipment and pollbooks
Check in voters on the electronic pollbooks

Direct voters to available marking booths
Tally results

Secure voting machines and equipment
Stay at the polling place until closing (usually no later than 8:30 or 9:00 PM)


Each Election Official is required  to attend  training before serving.  New officials also attend a basic orientation session in addition to the regular training.  All training sessions take place at the 5th Street County office building, on designated evenings prior to each election. Chief and Assistant Chief Election Officials attend an additonal training session and are responsible for picking up election materials, and returning materials to the Registrar's office by 11:30 a.m. on the day following each election.

Frequently asked questions:

Where will I be working?  The Electoral Board tries to assign officials to their "home" precinct whenever possible. However, if there are no vacancies at your home precinct, you may be assigned to a nearby precinct. 
How do I vote if I'm not assigned to my home precinct? You may vote by absentee ballot.  You may request that a ballot be mailed to your home, or you may opt to vote in person at the registrar's office.  Absentee voting starts approximately 45 days before each election. You may visit our page on Absentee Voting or download an Absentee Ballot Application You may also call 434-972-4173 to request an application.
Will I be paid for being an Election Official? Yes, regular Election Officials are paid $165.00 for working on Election Day, and you are paid $10.00 for attending each training session. Chiefs and Assistants get a bit more for assuming additional responsibilities.

How to apply to be an Election Official in Albemarle County:

Fill out an Election Official application form and mail, fax, or email it to the elections manager, who will present it to the Electoral Board at their monthly meeting.  After being appointed, each officer receives an oath and response form in the mail, which need to be returned (the oath needs to be notarized: you can bring it to the registrar's office to be notarized free of charge).  Once you have accepted your appointment, you will be assigned to a precinct and informed of the training schedule.
Click here for Electoral Board contact information

Contact the Department
Voter Registration and Elections
Albemarle County Office Building
1600 5th Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Mailing Address:
PMB 160
435 Merchant Walk Square, Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902
FAX: 434-972-4178
Email the Department