This is from my buddy over at Think, Christiansburg!
A group of Christiansburg residents are collecting signatures to get the question of a change to local election dates on the ballot next November. Their intent is to let the people decide if changing Christiansburg town elections (Mayor and Town Council) from May to November of odd numbered years is a good idea.
Historically, voter turnout in May local elections is abysmal. Turnout “peaked” at a mere 11.54% this past May. (Compare that to November 2007, with 38% and to November 2005 with 45.7%.) The choice of odd numbered years will keep the focus on local and state issues, and avoid local elections being overcome by presidential elections.
In addition to potentially much larger participation in local elections, a change from May to November of odd numbered years will, after just 4 years, save the Town money. Savings may happen sooner, as soon as the Town is split into two local precincts due to population growth.
If you are a Christiansburg resident, eligible to vote, and will help collect signatures on the Christiansburg petition to simply get the question on the ballot, please email tecinorbit at gmail dot com with the times you are available. You will be contacted with your polling place assignment, either the Library, the Armory, Rec Center or Falling Branch elementary school.
For more information, come to a meeting at 1pm Sunday November 2 at the Coffee Depot in Downtown Christiansburg.