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Polling place a long walk for ASU students

WCNC Charlotte’s Jeremy Markovich hit the actual streets yesterday to see what the contentious decision by Watauga County Board of Elections to condense Boone’s three voting precincts into one will mean for Boone voters.

Appalachian State University students will face 17 minute walk from campus, on roads with no shoulder or sidewalks in places.

The 9,340 voters assigned to the precinct — now the third largest in the state — will be fighting over 28 parking spaces on Election Day, no doubt.

Click here to watch Markovich’s report, or watch below.

7 Comments


  1. Truth Hunter

    August 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

    First world problems.

  2. […] little closer to home, WCNC in Charlotte had a great report using some old-fashioned reporting techniques and  showing what Watauga County’s decision will […]

  3. Alex

    August 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    This is a real travesty. To think that students might have to get out of their SUV’s. and actually walk for 17 minutes is just beyond all reason. They probably walk further than that to a football game.This posting gave me such a good laugh !

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    August 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    This could be an actual plus. I bet Michelle Obama would be able to spin this as helping obesity!

  5. gregflynn

    August 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Watauga County has 42,652 registered voters. The target size for a precinct is 1,500. Over 2,000 is considered a large precinct. There have been 20 precincts in Watauga County. The board combined 3 precincts into one with about 9,300 voters.

  6. Jim Wiseman

    August 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I graduated from ASU. I had to walk more than 17 minutes to get anywhere. Uphill both ways.

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    August 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    greggy,
    The precinct I vote at does the same thing because the facility is large and there is a large amount of parking available. The different precints just enter through a few different doors. I am sure it happens in many areas throughout the state…..so your point?

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