This section describes government and elections in Virginia and Montgomery County and provides information on registering to vote.
Montgomery County has a county form of government. Within the county are two towns, Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Each town elects a mayor and a town council. In addition, the County is divided into seven supervisory districts. Residents of towns vote for mayor, town council members, and a supervisor. Elected county-wide are the Constitutional Officers: Commonwealth Attorney, Clerk of the Court, Sheriff, Commissioner of the Revenue, and Treasurer. All Constitutional Officers are elected for a four-year term, with the exception of the Clerk of the Court, which is an eight-year term.
Oversight of elections in Virginia is provided by the Department of Elections (ELECT). Locally a three-member court-appointed electoral board in each county or city selects a local Registrar. The Electoral Board and Registrar are responsible for holding elections in each jurisdiction.
You must register at least 22 days before a general election, 13 days prior to a special election, or 7 days before a special election called by the Governor.
To register, you must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Virginia, at least 18 years of age, and not be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored by the Governor). You will be required, under oath, to provide: your full name, including maiden name and any prior legal name; age; date and place of birth; social security number, if any; whether a citizen of the United States; address and place of abode and date of residence in the precinct; place of any previous registrations to vote; and whether ever adjudicated to be mentally incompetent or convicted of a felony. There are no fees to register or vote, and voters do not declare a party affiliation.
Voter card: After you register, the local Office of Voter Registration or the Department of Elections will send you a voter card that identifies your polling place and your Congressional and General Assembly districts. If you change residences within Montgomery County or change your name, it is important to notify the Office of Voter Registration to ensure that your name is placed on the proper polling book. Please do this at least 22 days before the election.
Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (photo ID) when voting in person at their polling place.
Virginia law requires all voters to provide photo identification when voting in person at their polling place. Acceptable photo IDs include valid versions of these documents: Virginia Driver's License or Identification Card, Virginia DMV-issued Veteran's ID card, United States Passport, other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth), college or university student photo ID card (must be from a Virginia college or university), or employee ID card with a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer's business. All of the acceptable forms of photo ID can be used up to a year after ID has expired.
Absentee voting,in advance of election day, is allowed at the Registrar's Office for state certified reasons, such as absence from the locality on the day of election, a prolonged illness, service in the military, or a work day which prevents you going to the polls.
You can find a full list of state-certified reasons for absentee voting at the Department of Elections website, or by contacting the Office of Voter Registration.
You may request a mail-in absentee ballot by mail, online, or fax no later than 7 days before the election. Mail-in absentee ballots are available 45 days before an election and may be requested up to a year in advance of the election.
Turn in your absentee ballot in person by 5 pm on the last Saturday before the election. Mail-in ballots must be received by the Office of Voter Registration by 7 pm on election day.
General Registrar: E. Randall Wertz
755 Roanoke Street, Suite 1F, Christiansburg, VA 24073
term expires June 30, 2019