The Watauga County Board of Elections agreed to not split a precinct, and to move a polling place.

The Watauga Democrat reports the board decided against a plan to split the North Fork Precinct.

Previously, concerns had been raised about citizens getting to the precinct at 271 South Road, Todd, in bad weather, and some in the western end of the district having to drive into Tennessee to get there.

According to the report, Board member Nancy Owen said a number of people spoke to her in favor of keeping the precinct as is, and no one spoke in support of the split.

The Board did approve a plan to move the election day voting location for the Cove Creek precinct to the Zionville Fire Department Station #2.

The decision was based on the fire department's location on Highway 421, and the guarantee that snow removal would be done on time in the morning, more parking, back up generators in case of loss of power, and a more central location in the precinct.

Despite the move, it is hoped that early voting would still take place at the Western Watauga Community Center.

Notifications of the changes will be sent to all registered voters before the March 2020 primary.