When registered voters want to vote, it's the local registrar's job to make that happen. No matter how many or how few voters there are.
WDBJ7's Orlando Salinas reports about one election that has only three registered voters from Montgomery County, but they live in Radford.
Randy Wertz is the Montgomery County registrar. Wertz is responsible for making sure that every registered voter in the county, actually gets the chance to vote.
But what happens when three of those registered voters live in a different city? That doesn't make sense, but Wertz says it's the weird world of redistricting.
"Right now it's going to cost [Montgomery County taxpayers] a little over three-thousand dollars just for these three voters. So you're talking a thousand dollars per vote, if they show up to vote."
Here's the back story; In the early 80's, Radford annexed a small portion of Montgomery County. That small sliver of land included one home. Two homes are there today, with a total of three people. Three voters. When the annex battle was on, the deal would only work if those residents weren't forced to become part of Radford. Word is the family back then didn't like city politics. The city and county shook hands and lawmakers made it happen.
Everything was working fine until a month ago, when Democratic State Senator Phillip Puckett resigned unexpectedly. Puckett represented the 38th Senatorial district, which Radford falls under.
In the "it's too weird to make this up" world of politics, those three ''unique'' registered voters of Montgomery County, that live about a thousand feet inside the city of Radford,are the only voters from Montgomery County that can vote in the special election to replace Puckett. Radford City Registrar Tracy Howard says this "very rare" setup makes no sense.
"That's exactly right. [Montgomery County's] poll book will consist of three voters. How crazy is that? Yeah it's pretty crazy, it is and it's just because of those political boundaries, those jurisdictional boundaries.'
By law, Montgomery County must provide a voting precinct, specially made ballots and as many as six election workers on the day of the special election- for a total of three people.
The small piece of land is described as a doughnut, an island in the middle of Radford. What will it take it to change this three-plus decades old deal? Wertz says the solution appears simple on paper.
"It's a simple matter of getting the general assembly to say "ok we're going to move these three people or three voters back in to the city of Radford and then that would resolve the issue with this."
The special election is slated for August 19th. The part-time state senatorial job pays 18 thousand dollars a year.