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State Elections Board To Hear Watauga Board Members Petition for Early Voting Sites for Primary Monday

Published Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:44 pm
Members of the Watauga County Board of Elections will state their case for early voting sites in the May primary to the State Board of Elections on Monday, March 24. Because the early-voting plan that received the majority of the vote by Republicans at a March 5 meeting wasn’t unanimous, the board members must petition the State Board of Elections, which also has a Republican majority, with their respective plans. Read more…
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No Early Voting on ASU Campus for May Primary, Watauga Election Board Decides in 2-1 Vote Wednesday

Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm
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Just like the general election last November, no early voting will take place on the campus of Appalachian State University during the upcoming primary on May 6. Read more...
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Drop-in Session Held Monday Night To Discuss Potential Early Voting Sites for the Primary Election in May

Published Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:40 am
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Organized by the Republican members of the Watauga County Board of Elections, a drop-in session was held in downtown Boone on Monday night to discuss potential early voting sites in Watauga County for the primary election in May. Read more…
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Don’t Forget: Watauga Board of Elections One-Stop Proposals Public Workshop Scheduled for Monday

Published Monday, February 24, 2014 at 9:45 am
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In the first meeting since the bi-partisan mediation sessions with two members on the State Board of Elections held in recent weeks, the Watauga County Board of Elections trio played nice with each other on Monday evening and listened to the public for 15 minutes at the end of the meeting. Chair Luke Eggers and Secretary Bill Aceto, the Republican members on the board, offered little resistance on some matters that, in the past, they had been steadfast against in their roughly six-month tenure on the board. Read more…
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SBOE Chairman Slams Watauga Board of Elections Friday, Rejects Democrats’ Petition To Oust Eggers, Aceto

Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm
The State Board of Elections rejected the petition to oust Republicans Bill Aceto and Luke Eggers from the Watauga County Board of Elections at a meeting on Friday, according to the complainants and WRAL.com. Read more…
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Undisclosed Memo Elicits Strong Response From Watauga BOE Member, Hodges Contacts Attorney

Published Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm
Another Watauga County Board of Elections meeting that consisted of only routine business such as new registrations and the approval of absentee ballots on the agenda, isn’t so routine - as Monday’s meeting proved to be. In the middle of the meeting, Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges asked Chair Luke Eggers if she could hand a memo to Board Member Kathleen Campbell and Secretary Bill Aceto and then proceeded to hand out the memo. Read more…
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Watauga’s GOP BOE Members Decline To Heed Advice of Veteran Elections Officials on Legends Transfer Station

Published Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm
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Once again, the Republican board members on the Watauga County Board of Elections declined to heed the advice of 27-year veteran Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges and, more recently, Don Wright, general counsel for the State Board of Elections, at Tuesday’s board meeting inside the Watauga County Courthouse. This time around the issue regards the process of continuing a transfer station at the Legends polling precinct on the campus of ASU, which has occurred at the Boone 2 polling location for at least the past seven years, according to an Oct. 15 email exchange between Hodges and Wright that was obtained through a public records request. Read more…
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Three Democrats File Second Petition With SBOE, This One Requests Hearing, Subpoenas for Watauga Officials

Published Friday, October 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm
On Thursday afternoon, three local Democrats filed a petition requesting that the State Board of Elections issue subpoenas to Watauga Attorney Four Eggers, Watauga Republican Party Chair Anne-Marie Yates, Watauga Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges and Watauga Clerk of Court of Court Diane Deal. Read more...
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Watauga BOE Member Aceto Files Response With State Board After Complaint Filed Seeking His Removal

Published Friday, October 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm
Two days after local Democrats filed a complaint, seeking the removal of two Republican members from the Watauga County Board of Elections for a number of alleged actions, Board Member Bill Aceto has a filed a response to the complaint with the State Board of Elections. Read more...
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Formal Complaint Filed With SBOE for Removal of Republicans Eggers, Aceto From Watauga Elections Board

Published Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Update: A formal complaint for the removal of two Republican board members from the Watauga County Board of Elections was filed with the State Board of Elections on Tuesday afternoon by three local Democrats: Stella Anderson, Jesse Presnell and Ian O’Keefe. Read more...
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State Board of Elections Deems Legends an Acceptable Polling Precinct for the Upcoming Municipal Elections

Published Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm
The State Board of Elections has approved Legends as a polling place for the upcoming municipal elections in Boone in November, according to a letter from Executive Director Kim Strach to the Watauga County Board of Elections members and staff. Read more...
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Winston-Salem Journal: Watauga Attorney Four Eggers – Not Brother Luke – ‘Author’ of Elections Resolutions

Published Monday, September 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm
Sept. 16, 2013. The article is titled: “One county attorney, two hats: Documents show attorney as ‘author’ behind key resolutions.” Four Eggers is the current attorney for Watauga County and the towns of Beech Mountain and Banner Elk. Four Eggers, who was the local party’s first choice for the Watauga County Board of Elections, was an outgoing member of the board earlier this year. Read more...
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Searching For Elusive ‘Common Ground’ on Watauga County BOE, Legends To Be Precinct on ASU Campus

Published Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm
Sept. 4, 2013. After Tuesday’s admonishing from the State Board of Elections about appearing on YouTube and the handling of business during the initial meetings as a trio, the Watauga County Board of Elections meeting on Wednesday featured more pleasantries – although there was still much disagreement. “I too want to find common ground,” Chair Luke Eggers, one of the two Republican members on the local board. Read more...
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State Board of Elections Upholds Elimination of ASU Early Voting Site, See Lonnie Webster Photos of Meeting

Published Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 11:00 am
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Sept. 4, 2013. After listening to all three members of the Watauga County Board of Elections and Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges on Tuesday afternoon, the State Board of Elections, in a 4-1 vote, upheld the move by Republican board members Chair Luke Eggers and Secretary Bill Aceto to eliminate the early voting site on the campus of ASU for the 2013 municipal elections in November. Read more...
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Watauga Elections Board To Consider Legends Polling Place, Backtracking on Combining Three Boone Precincts

Published Monday, September 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Sept. 2, 2013. At the next Watauga County Board of Elections meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 4, the board will consider withdrawing a resolution that combines three Boone voting precincts into one polling place and adopting a different resolution that calls for Legends on the campus of ASU to become the polling precinct on the college instead of the Plemmons Student Union. Read more...
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Members of WCDP Organizing Rides To State BOE Tuesday Meeting to ‘Speak, Stand Up for Voting Rights’

Published Monday, September 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm
Sept. 2, 2013. Ian O’Keefe and Jesse Presnell of the Watauga County Democratic Party are organizing rides for folks to travel to the State Board of Elections meeting Raleigh on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to “speak up and stand up for the voting rights of Boone residents,” according to a Facebook post, adding that “the local board has gone too far and become too radical.” Read more...
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State Board To Hear Appeal of New Early Voting Plan For Upcoming Municipal Elections in Watauga on Sept. 3

Published Friday, August 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm
Aug. 30, 2013. The State Board of Elections will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. in Raleigh to hear, among other agenda items, an appeal of the one-stop plan the Republican-led Watauga County Board of Elections passed on Aug. 12 that eliminated early voting on the campus of Appalachian State University. Read more...
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ASU Student President G. Dylan Russell Highlights Concerns of Watauga BOE, UNC-ASG Resolution

Published Friday, August 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm
Aug. 30, 2013. The Student Body President of Appalachian State University G. Dylan Russell highlights his concerns on Watauga County Board of Election's decision to remove voting from our campus. Also inside is a resolution that was passed by the Association of Student Government (UNC ASG), a group of delegates from all seventeen UNC-System schools. The UNC-ASG supports all students' rights to actively and easily participate in government where they attend school. Read more...
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Boone Town Council Adopts Resolution Condemning Recent Actions Taken by Watauga Board of Elections

Published Friday, August 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm
Aug. 23, 2013. The Boone Town Council adopted a resolution condemning the recent actions taken by the two Republican members of the Watauga County Board of Elections. “The changes forced through and proposed by a majority of the new members of the Board of Elections serve no legitimate public purpose and appear to be motivated by extreme partisanship and anti-democratic animus despite the fact that Boone municipal elections are non-partisan,” a portion of the resolution reads. Read more...
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Film Crew for ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ in Boone Wednesday, To Feature BOE Controversies Thursday

Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm
Aug. 22, 2013. “The Rachel Maddow Show” will once again feature the controversies swirling around the Watauga County Board of Elections on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 9 p.m. ET. Liberal host Rachel Maddow will broadcast live from Elizabeth City, which is home to the historically black Elizabeth City State University, where the Pasquotank County Board of Elections barred a senior for running for city council, ruling that his campus address couldn’t be used to establish local residency. Read more...
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Read Original Drafted Minutes From Aug. 12 Watauga Elections Board Meeting & Adopted ‘Condensed’ Version

Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm
Aug. 22, 2013. The Aug. 12 minutes were reduced from seven pages to four pages. Campbell's lengthy admonishing of the two Republican members of the board was shortened from nearly 800 words to 233 words. Read more...
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Civitas Weighs in on Watauga Elections Board Debate: ‘The Way We Were – Troubled Culture of N.C. Elections’

Published Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm
Aug. 21, 2013. The Civitas Institute, which has a mission to "facilitate the implementation of conservative policy solutions to improve the lives of all North Carolinians,” according to its website, weighed in on the controversial Watauga County Board of Elections meetings in a article posted on Tuesday. The title of the article is "The Way We Were - The Troubled Culture of North Carolina Elections." Read more...
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ASU College Republicans on Loss of Campus Voting Site: ‘Simple Change’ Won’t Prevent Students From Voting

Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm
Aug. 20, 2013. While those in opposition were outraged with the decision, which still leaves a polling precinct within walking distance to the college campus, Appalachian State College Republican Chairwoman Caroline Hartman viewed the new measures the Watauga County Board of Elections adopted recently as a “simple change” that “will in no way keep students from voting." Read more...
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Routine Business Divides Watauga County Board of Elections Members Along Party Lines at Meeting Tuesday

Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm
Aug. 20, 2013. While Tuesday’s Watauga County Board of Elections meeting consisted of only two routine business items – approval of minutes from the contentious Aug. 12 meeting and appointment of precinct officials – the meeting still drew divisive votes along party lines. Read more...
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Watauga Board of Elections Members Campbell and Eggers Pen Letters To State Board of Elections Director

Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:30 am
Aug. 20, 2013. Because the vote to adopt a new one-stop implementation plan, which narrowed the early voting polling places from ASU, Foscoe and the Watauga County Courthouse to only Watauga County Board of Commissioners boardroom on King Street, was not unanimous, members on the county board of elections may petition the State Board of Elections to adopt the plan or consider an alternative plan from another board member. Read more...
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Watauga County Board of Elections Featured on MSNBC ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ Thursday, Watch Video Here

Published Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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Aug. 15, 2013. "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC focused on Watauga County, including Boone and ASU, during an 11-minute segment regarding elections and voting in North Carolina. The segment included video footage from the Watauga County Board of Elections meeting last Monday that was filmed by Jesse Presnell, third vice chair of the Watauga County Democratic Party, and a screenshot of High Country Press coverage of the contentious meeting. Watch video...
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Local Dems: Recent Watauga Elections Meeting To Be Featured on The Rachel Maddow Show Tonight or Friday

Published Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm
Aug. 15, 2013. North Carolina has been on the national stage this summer for sweeping legislation ranging from unemployment cuts and abortion restrictions to most recently the Voter ID bill. Now, Watauga County and the Town of Boone will receive its share of the limelight. Read more...
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Boone Mayor Pens Letter To State Board of Elections Chair, Voices ‘Dismay’ Over Watauga Elections Meeting

Published Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm
Aug. 15, 2013. In a letter dated Aug. 14, Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson wrote to Joshua Howard, chairman of the State Board of Elections, stating her "dismay" over the actions taken at the Watauga County Board of Elections meeting held on Monday morning. "I ask that your office look into the situation that in my opinion makes it impossible to conduct a fair and impartial election," Clawson wrote. Read more...
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After ‘So Many Comments’ State Board of Elections Reviewing Monday’s Watauga Elections Board Meeting

Published Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:52 pm
Aug. 14, 2013. The State Board of Elections is currently reviewing comments from citizens, media coverage and video footage of the Watauga County Board of Elections meeting on Aug. 12, Don Wright, general counsel for the State Board of Elections, said on Wednesday morning. Read more...
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Boos, Chants Fill Heated Watauga County Board of Elections Meeting Monday, ASU Voting Site Eliminated

Published Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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Aug. 12, 2013. While admonishing the other two members on the Watauga County Board of Elections, Kathleen Campbell, a Democrat on the three-member board, threatened legal action multiple times during the heated Watauga County Board of Elections meeting on Monday that included a roomful of boos and jeers and ended with a chant of "shame on you." The meeting, which initially began in the board room of the Watauga County Board of Elections office in the courthouse, recessed after 20 minutes and re-convened in the commissioners’ boardroom next door to accommodate dozens of community members, many wearing green in protest of agenda items the Republican majority, Bill Aceto and Luke Eggers, would pass before the meeting’s adjournment. Read more...
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Watauga County Board of Elections Meets Monday, Democrats: Agenda Items Will Affect Boone Voting Rights

Published Friday, August 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm
Aug. 9, 2013. The Watauga County Board of Elections will meet on Monday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. in the elections’ office inside the Watauga County Courthouse on King Street. The scheduling of the meeting comes days after the announcement that Luke Eggers of Boone was appointed as the third and final board member on the Watauga County Board of Elections - weeks after Jim Hastings declined the appointment. Read more...
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