By Jesse Wood
May 6, 2014. While the morning of Election Day is running “very smoothly,” Watauga County Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges said she was “disappointed” with the low voter turnout so far. Her comments came at about 9:30 a.m. – when the polling site located at the Administration Building in downtown Boone had recorded only 22 Election Day voters.
Other voting totals around that timeframe included:
- Legends in Boone: 8
- Agricultural Conference Center in Boone: 11
- Cove Creek Fire Department: 20
“I want to encourage everyone who is eligible to vote,” Hodges said.
Just under 2,300 people early voted in the previous two weeks, a number that Hodges said was higher than comparable election cycles because of the competitive races.
Registered voters of all parties have a reason to vote in the primary, although local Republicans do have more competitive races to decide. For instance, the field of eight candidates in the nonpartisan Watauga County Board of Education will have to be whittled down to six for the general election in November.
Republicans Seth Banks, Nathan Miller and Britt Springer are all running for District Attorney in the 24th. With no Democratic challenger, the primary results will effectively call the DA’s race. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican, is facing Phillip Doyle in the primary. Also, four Republicans are running for two spots on the ballot in the general election for Watauga County Board of Commissioners. Plus, eight GOP candidates are running for the chance at U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat.
For more information on Election Day such as ballots, precincts and so forth, look below. For more information on the candidates and races, click to HCPress.com’s “Election Central.”
PRECINCTS FOR ELECTION DAY, TUESDAY MAY 6
Below is a listing of the voting sites for Election Day. The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you are unsure where you vote, click to the N.C. State Board of Elections “Voter Lookup” webpage and type in your name to find out where you should vote.
WATAUGA COUNTY PRECINCTS
- Bald Mountain at Todd Fire Department
- Beaver Dam at Beaver Dam Fire Department
- Blowing Rock at Blowing Rock Town Hall
- Blue Ridge at Laurel Fork Baptist Church
- Boone 1 at Watauga County Admin Building
- Boone 2 at Legends
- Brushy Fork at Oak Grove Baptist Church
- Cove Creek at Western Watauga Community Center
- Elk at Stewart Simmons Fire Department
- Laurel Creek at Cove Creek Fire Department
- Meat Camp at Meat Camp Fire Department
- Boone 3 at Agricultural Conference Center
- New River 1 at Boone Town Council Chambers
- New River 2 at Three Forks Baptist Association
- New River 3 at Mutton Crossing
- North Fork at Edgar Eller’s Garage
- Shawneehaw at Matney Community Center
- Stony Fork at Deep Gap Fire Department
- Watauga at Foscoe Fire Department
- Beech Mountain at Buckeye Recreation Center
AVERY COUNTY PRECINCTS
There are 19 precincts in Avery County. These precincts are listed below:
- Banner Elk
- Beech Mountain
- Cary’s Flat
- Elk Park
- Newland 1
- Newland 2
- Roaring Creek
Check out the ballots for all parties for the primary below. Remember if you are an unaffiliated, you may choose a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Nonpartisan Ballot.