On Tuesday, the Watauga County Board of Elections will meet to discuss the future of the North Fork Precinct and the Wilson Ridge Road construction project’s impact on voters in the New River III precinct. The public is encouraged to speak at the meeting or to submit comments for the Board’s review.

Over the last several years the requirement of finding registered voters from the North Fork Precinct to serve as Election Judges in order to be in compliance with North Carolina statutes has proven to be untenable. Options to address this issue will be the focus of the discussion.

Construction on the 1.9 mile section of road from the intersection of U.S. 421 and Bamboo Road to Bamboo and Wilson Ridge Road and Wilson Ridge to Deerfield Road, will split the New River III precinct in half.

The concern of congestion and traffic delay’s impact on accessibility to the polling place located at the National Guard Armory will be discussed.

The Board of Elections will meet July 13, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room, located in the County Administration Building at 814 W. King Street, in Boone.

Those wishing to speak at the meeting will sign up when they arrive.

The Board of Elections can be reached at (828)265-8061.