The Watauga County Board of Elections previously voted on five early voting sites, none of which were located on campus — raising concerns about voter access for the May 6 primary elections.
Kathleen Campbell, the lone Democrat of the three members of the Watauga County Board of Elections, called the measure an act of voter suppression and attributed the act to the brothers Stacy Eggers IV, Watauga’s county attorney, and Luke Eggers, a Board of Elections member.
THE VOTING DEBATE
The relocation of one of Watauga County’s early voting sites off ASU’s campus is at the center of controversy:September 2013: The Watauga County Board of Elections voted to move the Applachian State early voting site from the student union to Legends, a nightclub on the edge of campus, for the municipal elections. October 2013: Three Watauga County residents filed a formal complaint against the two Republican members, Luke Eggers and Bill Aceto, of the county’s Board of Elections.
“Since they have been in office with me, they have been endlessly playing games and saying this is all for the good of the people — even though when they finally met and allowed the people to come to a hearing, almost all the people who came ... wanted a site at the ASU student union,” Campbell said.
Stacy Eggers IV has often written resolutions that Luke Eggers introduces to the board, which Campbell said are written in complex legal jargon.