Lynchburg City Council Approves Polling Place Move

Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg City Council has approved moving a city polling location from the Elks Lodge to the Cornerstone Community Church.

At a previous meeting officials from the city's electoral board proposed the move, and Tuesday night, council held a public hearing and vote on the issue.

The move was passed unanimously.

Electoral officials say it had to be done because of continuous complaints from voters about the strong smell of smoke in the Elks Lodge.

The cause they say, bad timing. The Elks Lodge holds a Bingo night, where, smoking is allowed, on Monday nights.

"This is nothing negative about them in any way. We're very grateful for their offering the lodge for our use, for the service of the city" said Lynchburg's Electoral Board Chairman, John Falcone.

The move still has to be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, a process that could take a few months.