Workshop: Election Integrity Training for Election Officers and Poll Watchers

Virginians begin voting on September 23.   We need 15,000 slots filled for election workers and poll watchers.  You will learn Virginia’s election laws and procedures, what to look for, how to make sure the laws are followed, and how to get signed up to make sure the election this fall is fair and honest.

Developed by Dr. Clara Belle Wheeler, a senior fellow with the Virginia Institute for Public Policy and a former member of the Virginia State Board of Elections, the training covers the following topics:

  • Election Law Changes in Virginia in 2020 and 2021.
  • The roles and responsibilities of a variety of paid (election officers) and volunteer positions (poll watchers, etc.) which operate under the authority of the local Registrar, a political party or as volunteers for organizations.
  • An overview of significant changes in the operations of elections in Virginia that require an influx of volunteers to ensure a fair and transparent election process.
  • Creating an election integrity workgroup in your community or committee.
  • Short term and long-term goals of improving election integrity in Virginia.
  • The role and responsibility of local Electoral Boards.


[ Training Video from 2021 Election Integrity Summit II ]

Dr. Clara Belle Wheeler’s PW/EO training sessions from the VFE Election Integrity Summit II.


Upcoming Election Integrity Training for Election Officers and Poll Watchers


Facilitated by Dr. Clara Belle Wheeler

  • None are currently scheduled at this time.


Other related Election Integrity workshops

  • In-Person workshops
    • Loudoun | 20098 Ashbrook Place, Suite 150, Ashburn, Virginia
      • Please note: This is a supplemental class that incorporates Dr. Wheeler’s training and goes more micro level about the Election Officer jobs, what’s happening in the CAP room by room and logistics for being a Poll Watcher/Election Officer in Loudoun County. 
      • Monday, October 4, 2021 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Loudoun (In-Person)
      • Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Loudoun (In-Person) 
      • Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Loudoun (In-Person) 


If you are aware of other related Election Integrity training opportunities not listed here, please let us know by emailing 

Workshop Materials