Did Watauga County citizens have the right to sue the State Board of Elections for rubber-stamping an Early Voting plan in the elections of 2014? Appears that they did have the right to sue, and to win in Superior Court.
In the summer of 2014, Eggers&Eggers&Aceto for the Watauga County Board of Elections imposed an Early Voting plan that conspicuously disabled Appalachian State University students.
A group of citizens, including several ASU students, sued on constitutional grounds.
On October 13, 2014, Judge Donald Stephens of Wake Superior Court ordered the State Board of Elections to place an Early Voting site on the ASU campus.
State Board of Elections appealed that decision to the NC Court of Appeals, but the elections of 2014 happened in the meantime, with an Early Voting site in the ASU Student Union.
NC Court of Appeals heard the appeal of Judge Stephens' order on August 12, 2015, and today -- almost a full year later -- the Court of Appeals dismissed the State Board of Elections' appeal and ruled the case moot.
This is good news. A precedent has been established in North Carolina for challenging unconstitutional manipulation of ballot access through Early Voting plans.