After a citizen's initiative for a referendum to Move the Vote was overwhelmingly approved by a majority of voters, the Christiansburg Town Council election in 2010 was the final May race.
In that race, Cord Hall received the highest number of votes at 1,606 - more than were received in the race which determined who would sit in the Mayor's office. Turn-out was roughly less than 12% of all active registered voters.
That race also returned Steve Huppert to Town Council, the individual who initially brought the subject of moving the vote onto the agenda.
In the very first November council race, Henry Showalter received the highest number of votes at 3,182. Turn-out was about 23% of all active registered voters.
Shifting to November has therefore saved the Town the costs of "special" May elections and appears to have resulted in increased voter participation.
The last two elections, looking at those who received the highest number of votes, also seem to indicate a preference for the approach to government brought forward by these council members.
All who participated, and especially those who ran for public office, are to be commended for their dedication to the Town of Christiansburg.
A Cakewalk Blog entry printed May 21, 2013 at 4:38:46 PM. © 2011
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