Students at Appalachian State University will soon be bringing their ballots to a bring-your-own-beer nightclub on campus.
Last week, the Watauga Board of Elections voted to move the on-campus polling site for the November municipal elections from ASU’s student union to the on-campus nightclub, Legends.
The decision came a day after the State Board of Elections upheld the Watauga board’s controversial decision to eliminate one-stop early voting for the municipal elections from ASU’s campus, and urged the county board to start working together.
Voting on Appalachian State University’s campus has been up for debate:
- The Watauga County Board of Elections eliminated early voting on campus.
- The State Board of Elections upheld the vote.
- Watauga County Board of Elections moved the Election Day polling site from the student union to
an on-campus nightclub.
Dylan Russell, ASU student body president, said he was excited there would be a voting site on campus — but he was disappointed it would no longer be in the union.
Although the Watauga Board of Elections said the move from the student union to Legends made the polling site more accessible, Russell said the change could discourage potential voters.