Early voting site planned for Foscoe
by Anna Oakes
An early voting site at the Foscoe Fire Department on N.C.
105 will replace an early voting site previously located at the Boone Town
Council Chambers on Blowing Rock Road in Boone. The site will be open from 7
a.m. to 6 p.m. in the evening.
“We’re going to try something new,” Hodges said, noting that
the Blowing Rock Road site was not used as much as the board had anticipated.
“Groups and people have asked us to go more out in the community.”
Hodges said the board tried an early voting site in Cove
Creek in the past that did not attract many voters.
The board will also operate early voting sites at the
elections office in the Watauga County Courthouse and in the ASU student union,
as it has in previous elections.
On Monday, the board planned to submit a $26,775.98 payment
for election equipment upgrades.
Election equipment upgrades could have been funded through
federal funds appropriated through the Help America Vote Act, but the General
Assembly did not spend approximately $600,000 in state funds for elections
needed to “release” $4.1 million in HAVA funds.
Because of this, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners voted to pay for equipment upgrades through the county budget, Hodges said.