Breaking: What’s happening with the Appalachian State voting site

vote-stickerAs we reported early this morning, the Court of Appeals refused to review Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephen’s order requiring the opening of a voting site on the Appalachian State University campus.

With that refusal, the State Board of Election scheduled a 4 p.m. meeting to vote on a new Watauga County plan that would include a site at ASU. The Board also, though, had filed a request with the Supreme Court for a stay of the Stephens order and a review by the high court.

By 4 p.m., the Board had not heard from the Supreme Court, so went ahead with the meeting and unanimously approved a new plan that included a site at ASU, per the Board’s public information officer Josh Lawson.

Just after adopting that new plan, the Supreme Court granted the stay and agreed to hear the case.

According to Lawson, despite the Court’s ruling, the Board would have to schedule yet another meeting to adopt another plan without the ASU site in response to the high court’s decision.

Lawson said that as of now he knows of no new plans to hold another Board meeting to do that — a decision that would come from Board Chair Josh Howard.

Meaning this: Unless something changes overnight, early voting will take place at a site in the Student Union of the Appalachian State campus (likely the “Price Lake” room).

Follow this post for further developments overnight.


  1. Steve Harrison

    October 22, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I will be pleasantly surprised if the Board decides to stick with their vote of earlier today and allow this campus site to open (and stay open). But the way this rollercoaster has been going, I have a feeling the ride isn’t over.

  2. Gene Hoglan

    October 23, 2014 at 2:52 am

    It’s amazing how much effort is being expended to make sure a few thousand kids don’t vote.

  3. Pertains!

    October 23, 2014 at 6:45 am

    The total of all NC college students who will not/cannot vote due to “some of the most restrictive” voting laws in the United States could make a difference in who is elected. Eliminating the right to register the same day is an unnecessary hardship for many people and will result in many just giving up and not voting.

    Makes me sad, ashamed and angry at Tillis and the other two stooges.

  4. Jim Wiseman

    October 23, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Don’t be so confident. Not all college students are America-hating leftists.

  5. Jerry Williamsopn

    October 23, 2014 at 9:35 am

    We were literally first in line to vote at the ASU Student Union this morning! The flow was heavy and steady with many more community people than students (who weren’t up yet at 8 a.m.). Isn’t the Supreme Court’s move an attempt to keep Judge Stephens from setting legal precedent that will apply to other campuses across the state?

  6. Jack

    October 23, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Isn’t this a kind-of voter fraud?

    Those who are stopping students and others from voting might be considered, by some, as American-hating. I was raised in a family and taught in public-school that abridging a person’s right to vote is unAmerican. I was also taught that American’s fought and died for our right to vote. Yet the conservatives are working to abridge our right to vote and their are considered the saviors of our nation?!!

    As our troops fight a war what message is being sent to them as to their efforts in securing all rights of Americans? What is their sacrifice worth when, on a national scale, our right to vote is taken away?

  7. Alan

    October 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Yes, this is indeed voter fraud, GOP flavor. Interesting that those who proclaim to love America have no issue in voter suppression in the land of the free, denigrating those who differ as “America hating leftists”. One should take note that it isn’t the so called “America hating leftists” that are hell bent on denying as many citizens their right to vote, it’s the GOP and their band of self anointed “patriots”. Looks like the GOP outreach program is stuck in reverse gear?

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