Democrats ‘March to the Polls’ on Monday, 286 Ballots Cast, Photos of Church, Templeton & Ball Hustling

Published Monday, October 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm
A group consisting of members of the ASU College Democrats and Watauga County Democratic Party "march to the polls" on Monday afternoon. Photo by Jesse Wood

A group consisting of members of the ASU College Democrats and Watauga County Democratic Party “march to the polls” on Monday afternoon. Photo by Jesse Wood

By Jesse Wood

Oct. 21, 2013. The Watauga County Democratic Party and the ASU College Democrats held a “March to the Polls” rally from the Plemmons Student Union to the Watauga County Administrative Building on King Street, the sole early voting precinct for the 2013 municipal elections.

Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson, who decided not to run for re-election, and Councilman Andy Ball, who is a candidate for mayor, were among those leading leading the march of about two dozen people through downtown Boone. Ian O’Keefe, a local Democrat operative, said the “March to the Polls” was intended to show support for the voting rights of college students that he said have come under attack from legislation in the N.C. General Assembly and resolutions in the Watauga County Board of Elections. 

Early voting across the state is underway. While it is too late to register to vote on Election Day, same-day early voting registration is available. Look below for exact times, dates and locations to early vote in Watauga and Avery counties. 

As of Monday at about 4 p.m., staff at the Watauga County Board of Elections notes that 286 people have voted in the municipal elections in Watuaga County for races in Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock, Boone and Seven Devils. Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges said that she hasn’t seen many college students early voting until this afternoon. 

The rally passed by candidates Jenny Church, who is running for mayor of Boone, and Mark Templeton, who is running for Boone Town Council. Both were standing at the intersection of Water and King Streets. See images of them below. 

Where To One-Stop Vote in Watauga

One-stop absentee early voting ends on Saturday, Nov. 2. One-stop voting will be held in the Watauga County Commissioners Board Room located on the ground floor of the Watauga County Administration Building on these dates:

  • Monday, Oct. 21 – Friday, Oct. 25, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct.28 – Friday, Nov. 1, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where To One-Stop Vote in Avery

One-stop absentee early voting ends Saturday, Nov. 2. One-stop voting will be held in the Avery County Board of Elections office in the Avery County Courthouse Annex.

  • Monday, Oct. 21 – Friday, Oct. 25, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 28 – Friday, Nov. 1, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mayor candidate Jenny Church stands on the corner of Depot and Water streets beside Amy Lambert, sister-in-law to Mark Templeton, who is standing with a mandolin.  Photo by Jesse Wood

Mayor candidate Jenny Church stands on the corner of Depot and Water streets beside Amy Lambert, sister-in-law to Mark Templeton, who is standing with a mandolin. Photo by Jesse Wood

 

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Ball holds his sign in front of the courthouse after marching from ASU. Photo by Jesse Wood

 

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Church is a write-in candidate. Photo by Jesse Wood

 

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Church has support from Deborah Greene, who is helping Church distribute voter material. Photo by Jesse Wood

 

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