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Originally published: 2013-09-09 11:20:50
Last modified: 2013-09-09 11:20:50

Our View: Getting what you ask for

The Watauga County Board of Elections got what it asked for from Tuesday's State Board of Elections meeting in Raleigh -- and we're not referring to the state board's approval of the local board's majority early voting plan.

Indeed, we're referring instead to the manner in which our board members were publicly scolded for recent actions that indicate, at best, an inability for members to work with one another and across party lines.

Expressing "concern," several state board members voiced disapproval about our county board's failure to share information with one another, possible open meetings law violations and a general airing in public, including on national media, spotlighting the trials and tribulations that pushed action to the state board level.

Certainly, Watauga County is not the first to encounter such virulent disagreement between board of elections members. On Tuesday, one state board member urged transparency, cordiality and cooperation between local board members after citing his own experiences on the Robeson County board. Also on Tuesday, the state board entertained other statewide issues, including a question of residency for a Pasquotank County college student wishing to run for city council.

Building a climate of transparency, cordiality and cooperation is sound advice across the state, but especially here in Watauga County. After all, it's difficult enough to conduct our business fairly, honestly, cordially and cooperatively on a local stage, without moving local disagreements to Raleigh.