In the High Country Press coverage of the protest arising out of Mr. Eggers' vote, he professed himself "befuddled" (or perhaps that was the headline-writer's term) about the resulting uproar. Anyway, Mr. Eggers said he couldn't understand what all the hub-bub was about. (Please note for the record that his "no" was sufficient to sink the proposal to extend Early Voting hours at the County Courthouse from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday and to extend Early Voting hours at the Student Union on the campus at Appalachian State University from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.)
The elephant in the room, if you'll pardon the expression, is the fact that, in addition to being the Republican member on the Board of Elections, Mr. Eggers is also actually the attorney hired by the sitting Republican majority on the Watauga County Commission. Does no one see a conflict of interest here?
Apparently, the orthodox majority over at The Watauga Conservative see Mr. Eggers' vote against extending Early Voting as the correct partisan decision, that not extending Early Voting at the Student Union increases the chances that Republicans will win everything, which would mean that Mr. Eggers could continue to work as attorney for a Republican majority on the County Commission. His chances might fairly be said to go up if fewer students vote. That's certainly the transparent calculus of Tommy Adams, one of the Republican candidates for County Commission who has been working the polls at ASU since Day One (and who most certainly supported Mr. Eggers' decision not to extend the voting opportunities any further than already allowed).
In other words, Mr. Eggers has a financial stake in how this vote comes out, and it seems more than slightly irregular that he is able to exercise power in this instance to protect his financial interest.