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Thursday, May 10, 2012
More From Debbie Greene on Local Problem
The biggest problem is the blatant disenfranchisement of rural voters during the one stop election period. The voting stats show that the rural voters participation overwhelmingly increased on May 8 when all voting precinct polls were open. And, the statistics also show that on May 8 the participation by the town voting precincts decreased considerably. It is in excusable to have 3 voting places that favor 4 precincts of voters and then to have 1 for an age group of 18 to 24 where they eat, sleep, play and work for 5 days and not provide the same for the rural voters.
We talked with Jane Hodges, Director of the Board of Elections and her response to
my complaints was 1) the County didn't provide the funds for more one-stop locations and 2) they tried it once out in the rural area and there wasn't any participation. The County Manager said the County funds the Board of Elections and the Board of Elections decides how to spend the money and controls where the sites are. Obviously, the Democrat controlled local Board of Elections is using the ASU campus to favor the Democrat Pary agenda. And, as to Ms. Hodges second reason, it took a long time for the one-stop to catch on in town; one attempt for one election is not a sufficient trial. The local Board of Elections was well aware of the amendment issue on the May 8 ballot and disenfranchised the rural voters.
The taxpayers of Watauga County pay for the rent on the voting places and pays the salaries of all poll workers. We will be asking our County commissioners to present our case to the Board of Elections. If the Board of Elections does nothing to correct this situation for the fall election, then we suggest that the County pull the funding for 2 of the one stop voting locations leaving only the courthouse open for one-stop. The courthouse is more than sufficiently accessible, 1 mile from campus, by AppalCart.
A letter writing campaign has already begun to the Watauga County Board of Elections (Stella Anderson - Chair, Russell Henson - Secretary and Stacy Eggers IV), Jane Hodges - Director (firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 528, Boone, NC 28607) with a copy to Don Wright, General Counsel, NC State Board of Elections (email@example.com or 441 North Harrington Street, Raleigh, NC 27603) and the Watauga County Commissioners (firstname.lastname@example.org or 814 King Street, Suite 205, Boone, NC 28607)
Another issue that has come to our attention is the number of unaffiliated voters who chose a nonpartisan ballot. The nonpartisan ballot is clearly titled "Nonpartisan" ballot;however, the NC State Board of Elections, the local news media and the local Board of Elections were calling the ballot the "Unaffiliated" ballot. There is no such thing! Unaffiliated voters are to be given a choice between the Democrat and Republican ballot which both contain the nonpartisan races. However, what was missing is the 17 year old ballot. Any 17 year old that was turning 18 before the fall election was eligible to vote in the May 8 primary; however, they could not vote on the constitutional amendment.
Please see below a note from Nate who worked very hard as a volunteer keeping us up to date with the statewide marriage amendment news, letter writing to the local churches and donations to the get the marriage vote out. Despite the NC GOP platform which affirms support for traditional marriage and a resolution of support of the marriage amendment at the Watauga County GOP meeting, the local GOP leaders chose to not lead the party in support of the marriage amendment. They purchased 25 signs; however, we spent 7 hours the day before the election (2 of us) putting signs out at the polling places the day before the election and we finished up at 12:00 am in the rain. We made requests for assistance on deaf ears of the local GOP. I agree, Shame on You!
Note from Nate:
WHAT IT TELLS ME IS THAT THE WATAUGA GOP ORGANIZATION WAS MISSING IN ACTION; AS USUAL.
EVEN MINIMAL EFFORTS FROM THE GOP ORGANIZATION WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE, SINCE THE AMENDMENT LOST BY ONLY SOME 200+ VOTES.
THE PROBLEM IS NOT PRIMARILY THE ASU CAMPUS. WE ALL KNOW THAT STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS ARE PRIMARILY LIBERAL AND LIBERTARIAN; NOT CONSERVATIVE OR REPUBLICAN.
CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN VOTES ARE TO BE FOUND IN THE RURAL AREAS OF THE COUNTY, AND ALTHOUGH CHURCH-GOING RURAL RESIDENTS VOTED HEAVILY, JUST A LITTLE EFFORT ON YOUR PART WOULD HAVE MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE..
DEBORAH GREENE, THE WILSON'S...AND MYSELF FOR THAT MATTER...SURE COULD HAVE USED YOUR HELP!
SHAME ON YOU!
Posted by Blogger at 4:09 PM