The campus of Appalachian State University may host a polling place for the early voting period. The N.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday sided with a grassroots group of Watauga County Democrats that has fought for a long time to have a polling site on campus. The appellate court lifted its temporary block on a lower court’s decision that would have allowed the polling site earlier. There is still a possibility that the N.C. Supreme Court could upend the ruling, as the State Board of Elections, which is made up of three Republicans and two Democrats, had already filed an appeal last week with the high court. But what is certain is that the early-voting period begins Thursday.
As such, the SBOE is proceeding as though the appellate court ruling will stand, board spokesman Josh Lawson said. The SBOE will have an emergency meeting today at 4 p.m. to select a site on the ASU campus. The likely choices are either the student union or Legends hall.
Pam Williamson, a member of the grassroots group, said she was elated by the decision. “We have fought hard for the right for equal voting opportunities for students for over a year and a half now, and today is a great victory, not just for us, but for voting rights statewide,” she said.