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A screenshot from The Rachel Maddow Show spotlighting Watauga County.



Originally published: 2013-08-16 07:52:10
Last modified: 2013-08-16 11:23:40

Rachel Maddow Show features Watauga BOE

by Kellen Short

The Watauga County Board of Elections and the Boone area have been featured on The Rachel Maddow Show for contentious elections decisions made by the Republican-majority board Monday.

The liberal MSNBC host for more than 10 minutes Thursday critiqued the state's recently approved voter ID law and honed in on the Watauga County board's actions, using video clips from the meeting taped by Jesse Presnell, third vice chairman of the Watauga Democratic Party.

"It's not just that the Republicans passed this law to make voting harder everywhere in the state," Maddow says at one point. "They've also systematically, top-down taken over the voting process at the local level and they're just pulling all the silverware drawers out and dumping everything out all over the floor."

The host misstates at least one fact when she says early voting used to take place at two sites in town and one site on campus. Early voting has traditionally occurred at the Watauga County Courthouse and the ASU Plemmons Student Union and occasionally at the Foscoe Fire Department during presidential elections. This year early voting will occur at the Watauga County Commissioners' Board Room only.

Maddow's segment also plays a portion of the "Appalachian is HOT, HOT, HOT!" video, a promotional entertainment clip made for the university in the mid-2000s.

The MSNBC segment is available at http://video.msnbc.msn.com/rachel-maddow/52769481