Election Officers

Share & Bookmark, Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

What is an election officer?

Election officers work at the polls on election day to ensure elections are run in an honest and well-organized manner. For each general election, Lexington needs approximately 15 election officers for November elections. The Electoral Board meets each February to appoint election officials.

Who can be an election officer?

You are eligible if you:

  • Are registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia, do not hold elected office, and are not the employee of an elected official
  • Enjoy meeting other people and serving the public
  • Are detail-oriented and not easily distracted

When are election days, and what are the hours worked?

General elections are held each year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Primary elections, if held, are always scheduled for the second Tuesday in June. Special elections are scheduled as necessary.

Polling places are always open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election officers may choose to work a morning or afternoon shift or for the entire day.

What do election officers do?

Election officers work in the precincts. Their duties include: 

  • Arriving at the polling place at 5 a.m. on election day
  • Setting up voting machines and signs to prepare the polling place for voting
  • Processing voters by checking their names off lists
  • Operating and instructing voters on the use of the voting machines
  • Tallying results, securing the voting machines, and closing the polling place

Is training provided?

All election officers are required to attend a short training class. Classes are held prior to each election at City Hall.

Are election officers paid?

Yes, election officers receive $100 for each full election day worked, $50 for a half day. Each precinct also has a chief and assistant chief election officer.

How do I apply?

To apply, call the voter registrar at 540-462-3706.