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Originally published: 2013-08-17 15:42:26
Last modified: 2013-08-17 15:43:09

Our View: Erasing politics behind elections

The Watauga County Board of Elections has certainly gained its share of attention during the past week -- local, state and national -- and it's not difficult to understand why.

What is difficult to understand are the depth and breadth of some of the rapid-fire alterations of board policy that were imposed on Monday.

Yes, the driver behind those changes is the institution of a Republican-led board, in essence a game-changing political alignment that pits two Republicans against a single Democrat -- with expected outcomes on each board vote. But lest we demonize the Grand Old Party in this instance, make no mistake, were the tables reversed those outcomes would be just as expected.

Sadly, this is what the history of Watauga County -- and indeed, state and national -- politics has taught us.

But because political posturing only begets the type of situation we are in today, it is time for the posturing to end. And to effect the beginning of that end, we invite BOE members Chairman Luke Eggers, Secretary Bill Aceto and Kathleen Campbell to sit down with the Watauga Democrat for a roundtable discussion.

After all, the Rachel Maddow Show aside, there are things to discuss for the good of our county.

Changes to the one-stop early voting plan, a new public comment policy and a contentious plan to create the state's fifth largest voting precinct at the expense of combining three precincts top the list.

But other issues linger in the shadows. The politics of conservatism versus liberalism, an apparent rural versus urban agenda and the seeming attempt to avoid civil discourse by the withholding of information from key players -- including a board member -- among them.

At the end of the day, we would like to believe that our county board of elections, at all times and in all political climates, exists for a singular nonpartisan purpose -- to promote full and fair elections within the confines of our county. That is the ideal to which we must aspire, and it's time to talk honestly about how we will get there.