Doesn't save money Is more inefficient Targets black colleges to make voting more difficult And people wonder why these voting law changes are questioned as being racially biased? How does one explain this story as being about voter fraud and NOT voter supression? http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Downsizing-of-Wataugo-Co-voting-centers-could-be-problematic-220431441.html Boone voters must share lone polling place by JEREMY MARKOVICH / NBC Charlotte Posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 10:24 PM BOONE, N.C. – Last year, Emily Oswalt voted on campus at Appalachian State University. If she votes in the next election, she’s going to have to take a longer walk. At their August 12 meeting, the Watauga County Board of Elections, made up of two Republicans and one Democrat, voted to combine Boone’s three precincts into one. This means the polling place at the Plemmons Student Union on campus will no longer be used for voting of any kind. Starting in November, the only polling place open in Boone will be at the Watauga County Agricultural Center on the town’s west side. When Oswalt was asked for directions, she said, “I have absolutely no idea where that is.” The move makes it harder for students to vote. In the video above, NBC Charlotte walked from the student union to the new polling place. It took 17 minutes. Part of Poplar Grove Road, which is one way the Watauga County Elections director recommends getting from campus to the polling place, has no sidewalks. The precinct now has 9,340 active and inactive voters in it. That makes it, according to Democracy North Carolina, the third largest precinct in the state. The polling place has 28 parking spaces. “I would have to make time for it. I wouldn’t be casually going,” said Oswalt, an ASU senior from Matthews. “At the Union, you’re here.” Republicans were entitled to a two person majority on the board after Republican Pat McCrory became governor. Luke Eggers, brother of former elections board member and current Watauga County Attorney Stacy ‘Four’ Eggers, was appointed to the board on Wednesday, August 7. On August 8, he was sworn in. The next day, he announced a specially called meeting to change several precincts and early voting locations in Watauga County. At that August 12 meeting, fellow Republican Bill Aceto voted him chairman. The meeting, which was attended by dozens of people who frequently interrupted the board, was taped by Democratic activists in Boone. It also got attention from national media, including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.