Last night's meeting of the Watauga County Board of Elections had one laugh-out-loud moment. As the two-man Republican majority was turning down third member Kathleen Campbell's proposal to restore an Early Voting site to the campus of Appalachian State University, Board Secretary Bill Aceto said that he thought voters deserved consistency of polling locations. As though the Republican Early Voting plan represented something decades old and hoary with veneration.
Couldn't help flashing on the morning of August 12, 2013, at Mr. Aceto's very first Board of Elections meeting after being newly sworn into office. He and Luke Eggers upended the apple basket pretty thoroughly, voting to combine Boone 1, 2 & 3 precincts into a single mega-precinct, removing the Early Voting site on the ASU campus (where it had been consistently for several election cycles), and moving the in-town polling station for New River 3 far out into the country for the upcoming municipal elections.
Consistency? Not so much.
Naked partisanship twisting the right to vote into a pretzel? Absolutely!