The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

Newsletter Signup

Get our news delivered straight to your inbox every week.

* indicates required

University denies Legends for ASU early voting site

File+photo
File photo

Chancellor Sheri Everts wrote in a letter that given safety concerns regarding the use of Legends the university decided to deny Watauga County Board of Elections chairman’s request to use the facility for early voting in the November election.

“After thorough review of the documentation referenced above, my staff found no information regarding buffer zone violations or other issues that would outweigh the university’s decision to recommend use of the Plemmons Student Union building over Legends on the basis of relative health and safety concerns,” Everts wrote.

If the university denied Legends then voting will automatically be held in the student union, according to the instructions handed down by the State Board of Elections.

Aceto wrote a letter to Everts on Sept. 9 requesting the university allow voting to take place at Legends, saying the university should avoid caving to partisan pressure regarding the use of the site.

Aceto cancelled the monthly Board of Elections meeting on Sept. 13, the day before it was to be held, because he was out of town.

County Board of Elections member Stella Anderson said Aceto does not have the authority to unilaterally cancel the meeting and asked that it be held anyway.

Anderson said she is worried that without adequate planning, staff will be unable to keep up with turnout, leading to long lines.

At the meeting Anderson failed to meet quorum and moved to recess until Sept. 21.

“At that time I hope we do have a quorum, [but] we have work to do,” Anderson said.

Story by: Sammy Hanf, News Editor

Donate to The Appalachian
$1111
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

We hope you appreciate this article! Before you move on, our student staff wanted to ask if you would consider supporting The Appalachian's award-winning journalism. We are celebrating our 90th anniversary of The Appalachian in 2024!

We receive funding from the university, which helps us to compensate our students for the work they do for The Appalachian. However, the bulk of our operational expenses — from printing and website hosting to training and entering our work into competitions — is dependent upon advertising revenue and donations. We cannot exist without the financial and educational support of our fellow departments on campus, our local and regional businesses, and donations of money and time from alumni, parents, subscribers and friends.

Our journalism is produced to serve the public interest, both on campus and within the community. From anywhere in the world, readers can access our paywall-free journalism, through our website, through our email newsletter, and through our social media channels. Our supporters help to keep us editorially independent, user-friendly, and accessible to everyone.

If you can, please consider supporting us with a financial gift from $10. We appreciate your consideration and support of student journalism at Appalachian State University. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, or if you would prefer to make a recurring monthly gift, please give to The Appalachian Student News Fund through the university here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1727/cg20/form.aspx?sid=1727&gid=2&pgid=392&cid=1011&dids=418.15&bledit=1&sort=1.

Donate to The Appalachian
$1111
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal