Watauga Board of Elections Voting Plan Unconstitutional

Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens has ruled the voting plan produced by the Republican majority on the Watauga County Board of Elections is unconstitutional and he has ordered that the early voting plan be redrawn with at least one polling location on the Appalachian State campus.

You can find the full ruling at Watauga Watch, but the two most scathing paragraphs follow:

5.The majority plan of the Watauga County Board of Elections on its face appears to have as a major purpose the elimination of an early voting site on the ASU campus. Based on this record, the court can conclude no other intent from that board's decision other than to discourage student voting. A decision based on that intent is a significant infringement of students' rights to vote and rises to the level of a constitutional violation of the right to vote.

6. The early voting plan submitted by the majority members of the Watauga County Board of Elections was arbitrary and capricious. All the credible evidence indicates that the sole purpose of that plan was to eliminate an early voting site on campus so as to discourage student voting and, as such, it is unconstitutional.

I don't know how many times the average person has to see the words 'Republican' and 'unconstitutional' together for them to be viewed as synonymous, but I bet we're going to get there before this is all over.

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My head is spinning

from the seemingly unending string of the NC GOP's laws, rules and decisions that are being ruled unconstitutional. It's gotten so hard to keep track of, even Tillisberger got confused -- they have their canned statements:

  1. We are pleased that the sane, even-tempered, apolitical, balanced and reasoned court sided with our common-sense law. We just love our judges to pieces!
  2. We are gagging and retching because of this decision by one lone loose-cannon, left-wing fringe, activist, perverted satanic judge to overrule the will of the people. Obama! Hagan! Benghazi!

I heard they got confused and mistakenly issued the wrong statement after one of the court rulings. Their heads must be spinning too.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Bad Eggers

For more on the origins of this very slimy story, see the NC Hall of Shame (scroll down to "The Dukes Eggers of Hazzard Watauga")

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014