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Plan underway to relocate Montgomery County Registrar’s Office |

CHRISTIANSBURG — Montgomery County is looking to relocate its registrar’s office and central absentee district to a city mall that houses a Food Lion grocery store.

The County Board of Supervisors, on a 6-0 vote, recently scheduled a public hearing on July 11 for a proposal to move the two election spaces — both currently located at the Christiansburg-based Government Center at 755 Roanoke St. – retail-dominated property at 1546 N. Franklin St.

“One of the reasons for the proposed move is to provide adequate space that the Office of the Registrar of Electors needs for all of its equipment,” county spokeswoman Jennifer Harris wrote in an email. “In addition, there will be more parking spaces at the proposed new location.”

The targeted location is in a section of Christiansburg that has been the site of some recent traffic-related developments with a project that altered portions of the area in and around the intersection of North Franklin and Cambria.

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The move would put the registrar’s office within walking distance of the Christiansburg Recreation Center, another city-run facility that has long been used as a polling place.

The Central Absentee Voting Precinct, currently located near the Registrar’s Office in a multi-purpose room on the first floor of the Government Center, is where absentee ballots are received, counted and recorded for all elections.

The move would go into effect Jan. 1 next year, according to resolution documents provided by the county.

Among the County Chief Election Office’s notable activities in recent years has been the use of the Uptown Christiansburg Mall as an in-person early voting location in 2020, a time of the COVID-19 pandemic where the health crisis caused a considerably higher number of voters. in many localities to vote before election day.

The use of the mall was part of a move unprecedented at the time that involved the creation of the first two in-person locations – the other location was a first-floor room in the County Government Center.

Montgomery County Registrar Connie Viar, however, said she hasn’t used the mall location since the 2020 presidential election.

“Any other venue used for early voting, other than our office, must first have a public hearing,” she wrote in an email. “Each election varies and at this time we plan to only use the proposed new location.”

The estimated cost of the move was not yet available.