Officers of Election, Roanoke County Q&A

What is an Officer of Election?

· Officers of Election staff polling places on Election Day to assist voters and ensure that the elections are run in an honest and well-organized manner.

Who is eligible to become Officer of Election?

· You must be a registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia who is at least 18 years of age.

· You don’t have to live in the jurisdiction where you work as an Officer of Election.

· You are detail-oriented, capable of working in a fast-paced environment, as part of a team.

· You cannot be an elected official or paid employee of an elected official.

Duties of an Election Officer

· Arriving at the polling place at 5:00 a.m. Election Day

· Setting up voting machines and signs to prepare for the voters

· Verifying voter eligibly and record voter attendance in poll books

· Distributing ballots to voters

· Directing voters to voting booths…ensuring their ability to privately mark and cast their ballots

· Answering questions about the electoral process

· End of the day — tally results, secure the equipment, and close the polling place.

Training class

· Officers of Election are required to attend a training class prior to each Election.

· The classes are approximately an hour long and are held at the Roanoke County Registrar’s Office at 900 Chestnut St., Vinton.

· Training schedules are mailed at least a month prior to each Election.

Are Officers of Election paid?

· If you attend the training session and work Election Day you are paid $195, which is more than other area jurisdictions.

We try to place Officers of Election at their own polling place.

· However, if no vacancies are available, you may be asked to work at another precinct. Precinct assignments are issued 4 to 6 weeks before an election.

Virginia has elections every year

· Each year, General Elections are on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

· Primaries, when called, are held on the third Tuesday in June.

· Occasionally special elections are called.

Becoming an Officer of Election is easy.

· If you are interested in becoming an Officer of Election or have questions, contact the Roanoke County Registrar’s Office at 540-772-7500, ask for Delores, or email

Our current election officers have some interesting thoughts as to why they do it.

· LADY – “Elections are an essential part of our democracy and it’s important to be a part of that. This is a great way to serve your country and community.”

· GENTLEMAN – “There is just something special about voters, especially new voters casting their vote for the first time. Just seeing their eyes when the ballot goes through. That’s really impressive.”

· LADY – “You feel like you are involved with our government. To me, that’s exciting to know that I was part of the vote that they showed on TV.”

· GENTLEMAN – “I’m a retired military guy and I saw it as my civic duty to get involved.”