By TRAVIS HANDY
Individuals looking to serve as officers of election in November’s General Election may now volunteer for that process online.
According to a State Board of Elections (SBE) press release, local election officials will be notified automatically of volunteer offers through online submission. SBE’s website also allows interested people to opt into or out of a chance to receive information on the volunteer process via text messages.
SBE expects polling places to be busy on Election Day and general registrars throughout the state are looking for reliable and friendly individuals to serve both on, and in the days leading up to the election. Those who serve as are an integral part of the election process and have the opportunity to assist citizens in a successful and pleasant voting experience.
The only necessary qualification to serve as an officer of election is that the applicant be registered to vote in Virginia. While officers of election are typically paid for their services, state law allows those serving to volunteer their time, which should eliminate conflicts with employers who do not permit their employees to engage in outside employment, and increase participation throughout the Commonwealth.
Individuals interested in serving as officers of election should visit www.sbe.virginia.gov/officers and complete the short form. After submitting the form online, individuals should allow their local general registrar’s office approximately two weeks to make contact. Anyone with questions may contact the State Board of Elections at (804) 864-8901 or email@example.com.