Election Officers

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 Rockbridge County needs approximately 80 election officers to work in its 17 precincts. The Electoral Board meets each February to appoint election officials. 


You are eligible if you: 

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

 Election Days & Hours

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 third Tuesday in June. Special elections are scheduled as necessary. 

Election officers arrive at the polling place at 5 a.m. on election days, and must remain until results are determined. Polling places are always open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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

 Training & Income

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

Election officers receive $25 for attending the training class and the pay range is $180 to $275 for working an election all day. Each precinct also has a chief and assistant chief election officer.


To apply to become an election officer, please call the Voter Registrar at 463-7203.