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6,000 Votes So Far; Democrats beat Republicans to Voter Booth; Primary Tomorrow, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

By Jesse Wood

May 7, 2012. As of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7, 5,997 people have voted (via one-stop and absentee ballots) so far, according to Jane Hodges, director of Watauga County Board of Elections. Election day for the primary is Tuesday, May 8, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

According to Civitas Vote Tracker, Democrats account for 2,223 voters, compared to 1,949 unaffiliated, 1,755 Republicans and 42 Libertarians. Women have outvoted men with 3,328 votes compared to 2,594 males voting. Average age of voters is 46. 

From previous article:

Two weeks ago, Jane Hodges, director of Watauga County Board of Elections, said that runoffs involving local candidates for county commissioner, sheriff, or in this case, school board receive a higher turnout. (View school board candidate profiles here.)

Also, the highly contentious Marriage Protection Amendment, which states that the only legal domestic union is between a man and a woman, has spurred interest in this year’s primary election.

“It has. We are amazed,” said Hodges last week. “People are strongly one way or the other.”

For more information about one-stop voting or about Watauga County Board of Elections, click to http://www.wataugacounty.org/main/App_Pages/Dept/BOE/home.aspx.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • 2012 primary election: Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


1 Bald Mountain Todd Fire Department

2 Beaver Dam Beaver Dam Fire Department

3 Blowing Rock Blowing Rock Town Hall

4 Blue Ridge Laurel Fork Baptist Church

5 Boone 1 Watauga County Admin Building

6 Boone 2 Plemmons Student Union – Table Rock Room

7 Brushy Fork Oak Grove Baptist Church

8 Cove Creek Western Watauga Community Center

9 Elk Stewart Simmons Fire Department

10 Laurel Creek Cove Creek Fire Department

11 Meat Camp Green Valley Elementary School

12 Boone 3 Agricultural Conference Center

13 New River 1 Boone Town Hall – Council Chambers

14 New River 2 Three Forks Baptist Association

15 New River 3 National Guard Armory

16 North Fork Edgar Eller’s Garage

17 Shawneehaw Matney Community Center

18 Stony Fork Deep Gap Fire Department

19 Watauga Foscoe Fire Department

20 Beech Mountain Buckeye Recreation Center