Primaries may cost Lexington

By Chelsea Stevenson

Virginia’s two primaries are approaching and could cost Lexington money.

The local Electoral Board has requested funds from the state to keep Lexington’s Registrar office open for additional hours in the days leading up to the primary.

The local board says the extended hours could justify a full-time Registrar position. Lexington officials say the city cannot afford to cover the cost, and they worry that the state will require a full-time position.

Lexington City Council members have a history of opposing unfunded state mandates. David Cox, who has served on the council since 2009, wrote a column for The Rockbridge Weekly last winter explaining his views of unfunded mandates.

If the state mandates a full-time position, the city will try to figure out a way to pay for it.