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Photos: A White Election Day in Watauga County

By Jesse Wood

Nov. 6, 2012. Traveling through Watauga County this morning on Election Day, the rural polls seemed the most active. At about 8 a.m. this morning, the Laurel Creek precinct had more than 20 folks waiting in line to vote at the Cove Creek Fire Department.  

And talking to officials in the Cove Creek precinct at the Western Watauga Community Center and the Boone 3 precinct at the Agricultural Center, the Cove Creek precinct had nearly double the voters than the Boone 3 precinct early this morning. 

Mary Horn, the chief judge at the Agricultural Center, speculated that “most of the folks in this precinct had already voted” and one of her colleagues mentioned that the student’s hadn’t woken up yet. 

While for the past week candidates had been campaigning regularly outside the Watauga County Courthouse, none could be seen on King Street in front the Watauga County Administration Building, which was Boone 1 precinct. However, this morning Perry Yates and Billy Kennedy, candidates for Watauga County Commissioners, arrived in Sugar Grove about the time the polls opened up at 6:30 a.m. for some last-minute campaigning.

View Photos of Folks Making it to the Polls

Photos by Lonnie Webster, Jesse Wood and Ken Ketchie


Dennis Huff holds a Jonathan Jordan sign. Photo by Lonnie Webster


Mary Adams, campaigning for her son, who is running for Watauga County Commissioner, holds a sign. Photo by Lonnie Webster


On the campus of ASU – Photo by Lonnie Webster



A Republican and a Democrat hang out at the polls in front of the Boone Town Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday morning. Photo by Ken Ketchie


Boone Town Council Member Lynne Mason and other loyal Democrats stand in front of the Agricultural Center in Boone. Photo by Ken Ketchie


Snow falls at the Foscoe Fire Department, where fellow citizens are casting their ballots. Photo by Ken Ketchie



The Cove Creek Fire Department was packed at 8 a.m. this morning. Photo by Jesse Wood


Nancy Lewis peeks her head out of the voting booth to pose for a quick snapshot at the Agricultural Center. Photo by Jesse Wood


A few folks were walking in and out of the Watauga County Courthouse this morning. Photo by Jesse Wood


Inside the Western Watauga Community Center, visitors to the polls were arriving in a steady fashion this morning. Photo by Jesse Wood