By Jesse Wood
Boone has nearly 17,000 registered voters (those active and in-active for last two general elections). During early voting, 544 Boone citizens voted for the municipal elections. During the first hour of early voting, only a handful made it to the polls between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.
“It’s been pretty quiet,” Watauga County Elections Director Matthew Snyder said earlier this morning.
I stopped by the four Boone precincts – at the Ag Center, Council Chambers, Admin Building and Legends – at about 7:30 a.m. and didn’t see one voter. I did see candidates David Welsh (Boone Town Council) and Rennie Brantz (mayoral candidate for Boone) campaigning in the dreary weather.
The general consensus was that two or three voters had voted within Election Day’s first hour. One Boone precinct officer described the lack of voters showing up to the polls as “pretty sad.”
But there are several hours left to vote!
The polls are open from 7:30 p.m.
Both counties also feature a number of uncontested races. In Watauga County, each municipality – Boone, Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain and Seven Devils – features an uncontested race. Meanwhile in Avery County, Newland, Elk Park and Beech Mountain feature contested races.
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