Winchester needs additional Officers of Election

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 10:30

The Winchester Office of Elections and Voter Registration is seeking individuals to serve as Officers of Election. If you are a registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enjoy serving the public, do not hold any elective office, and are not employees of an elected official, we need you this June. 

The work on Election Day begins at 5:00 am and ends at approximately 8:00 pm. Officers are compensated $150 for working the full Election Day, plus $25 for attending the mandatory training session. 

“We know it is a long day, but it’s a very important job,” stated Liz Martin, Director of Elections and Voter Registrar. “Virginia’s entire election system rests on the local polling places, and these dedicated workers are the foundation.”

 What does an Officer of Election do?                   

  • Take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Attend one of the hour-long New Officer Orientation sessions
  • Attend a mandatory training session prior to each election and, once per three-year term, complete the on-line training module from the Virginia Department of Elections
  • Conduct the business of fair and open elections in a professional and non-partisan manner
  • Arrive at the polling place no later than 5:00 am on Election Day and work until the polls close and precinct results are processed
  • Help prepare the polling place and set up voting equipment
  • Use a laptop computer (electronic poll book) to account for all voters checking in to vote
  • Help close the polling place at 7 pm, and certify number of votes cast at the precinct

For more information or if you are interested in applying to work as an Officer of Election, please email vote@winchesterva.gov or call 540-545-7910.