Our View: Cast vote for participation in May 8 primary
But for every voter, Watauga County's one-stop early voting erases excuses and puts voters in the position of controlling when and where they will cast a ballot.
Can't make your regular polling place on May 8? Beginning Thursday, one-stop voting will offer as many as three different polling sites daily, as late as 5 p.m. and with one Saturday in the mix.
Not registered? Registration for the May 8 primary was April 13, but there's still time to both register and vote at the one-stop polling sites through May 5.
Can't decide on a party affiliation? Unaffiliated voters may choose to vote a Democratic Primary ballot, Republican Primary ballot or a Libertarian Primary ballot.
With the excuses moot, all that remain are the details:
One-stop early voting in Watauga County will be offered Thursday to May 5 at Watauga County Board of Elections Office; April 30 to May 4 at Boone Town Hall; and, April 30 to May 4 on the Appalachian State University campus in the Plemmons Student Union Multicultural Room. Voting runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the courthouse and town hall, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the courthouse, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at ASU.
Also, any registered county voter is eligible to vote at any of the three sites. Unregistered voters may both register and vote between April 19 and May 5 at these sites by completing a voter registration application, providing proof of residence and presenting valid documents showing current name and address. Note: Voters not now registered can only vote through the early voting process, not on May 8.
So, enough with the excuses. To get out the vote and express your preferences, we've got to first get out to vote.