NC GOP conspiracy to suppress the college vote a statewide effort
The magic number is 4:
Eggers, also known as “Four,” is the county attorney and the brother of Luke Eggers, the elections board chairman.
The thumbprints and a 40-minute interview with Four Eggers reveal that he played a key role in crafting what critics view as an effort to thwart students at Appalachian State University from voting, to muzzle public comments at elections board meetings by requiring that they be submitted in writing, and to neuter the ability of Jane Hodges, the elections director, to offer advice at public meetings.
Although it may seem like the outside influences in this case are local in nature, the fact that Four Eggers was the NC GOP's number one choice to be appointed to the county Board of Elections is strong evidence that state-level Republicans are interested in radically changing the way voting is managed from the mountains to the coast, and using that tool to accomplish something they could never get away with in the General Assembly: the straightforward blocking of the voting rights of some groups.
All this comes after the N.C. State Board of Elections did not consider appointing Four Eggers in June to the county elections board even though the state Republican Party had submitted his name as its No. 1 choice. The state board members considered only the state Republican Party’s secondary picks, according to various documents related to the appointment, obtained through public-record requests by the Winston-Salem Journal.
It's no coincidence that the two most notable efforts to suppress the college vote occurred at opposite ends of the state. These were merely "trial balloons" or "testing the waters" if you will, and there will likely be more of these stories in the near future, as we approach the 2014 election.
And it's high time the (US) Justice Department got involved, before any more students and others have their rights infringed upon.