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Originally published: 2013-08-26 16:53:14
Last modified: 2013-08-27 18:21:35

State elections board to consider Watauga early voting plan

The N.C. State Board of Elections will meet Sept. 3 in Raleigh to consider two competing early voting plans from Watauga County and other controversial election actions from across the state.

The Watauga County Board of Elections voted 2-1 on Aug. 12 on a plan that removes the ASU Plemmons Student Union as an early voting site. Republican Chairman Luke Eggers and Secretary Bill Aceto voted in favor of the plan, which would allow one early voting site at the Watauga County Commissioners' Board Room.

Democrat Kathleen Campbell strongly opposed the plan, offering an alternative that keeps the ASU Plemmons Student Union in play.

If a county board fails to reach unanimity on an early voting plan, statute allows a member or members to petition the state board to adopt a plan for it.

"If petitioned, the state board may also receive and consider alternative petitions from another member or members of that county board," the statute states. "The State Board of Elections may adopt a plan for that county. The State Board, in that plan, shall take into consideration factors including geographic, demographic and partisan interests of that county."

The state board includes three Republicans and two Democrats: Chairman Josh Howard, Secretary Rhonda K. Amoroso, and members Joshua D. Malcolm, Paul J. Foley and Maja Kricker.

The board also is slated to discuss Sept. 3 an appeal from Montravius King of Pasquotank County, an Elizabeth City State University student who was disqualified from running for city council on the grounds that his college dorm address could not be considered permanent residency.

The agenda also includes an early voting plan decision for Pitt County.

General Counsel Don Wright said Watauga County board members would be invited to speak if they desired.

The hearing begins at 1 p.m. at the Board of Elections Office, 441 North Harrington Street, Raleigh.