Republican member of the local Watauga County Board of Elections, Stacy Eggers IV ("Four"), single-handedly put the kibosh this afternoon on extending the hours of early voting.
Early Voting was seriously down today because of the weather. Gary Bartlett, head of the state Board of Elections, had already communicated with all county boards of elections that they should consider extending voting hours because of the heavy turn-out, but he also mandated that any extensions of voting hours would need to be unanimous.
Watauga County -- like every other county in NC -- has three members of the Board of Elections: two Democrats and one Republican. Four Eggers said he was quite happy with the way things were. No need to extend Early Voting just because of a little snow.
The proposal on the table: extend Early Voting at the Courthouse from 5-7 p.m., Thurs. & Friday of this week, and on Saturday, from 1-3 p.m