Appeals court dismisses Watauga early-vote case as moot

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court says there’s no need to keep litigating a trial court order that an early-voting site be kept on the Appalachian State University campus for the 2014 election.

But a dissenting opinion by one of the three judges on Tuesday’s ruling means the state Supreme Court will review the decision if requested. The other two judges agreed the matter was moot because the election is over.

The State Board of Elections voted to leave out a long-standing site on the Boone campus from Watauga County’s early-voting plan. Local registered voters — including students — challenged the decision, saying it burdened young voters. A trial court judge agreed.

The state board does not think its early-voting decisions are subject to judicial review.

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