Watauga group petitions for ouster of GOP members on elections board


FILE IMAGE: Kathleen Campbell, the minority member on the Watauga Board of Elections, holds up a photo of a newly constructed meeting room on the campus of Appalachian State University on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. The majority members, Luke Eggers (left) and Bill Aceto (center), rejected the proposed site as a polling place, instead voting for the Legends building, which is on campus and comes with a slew of issues, according to school officials. (Bertrand M. Gutierrez/Journal)

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WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. — A group of Watauga County voters has filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections that aims to remove from office the chairman and secretary of the local elections board.

The group has petitioned to oust Chairman Luke Eggers and Secretary Bill Aceto “for official misconduct, participation in intentional irregularities, unethical actions, and incapacity and incompetency to discharge the duties of their offices,” according to the complaint.

Eggers and Aceto represent the majority on the three-member board. Both Republicans, they were appointed this summer along with Democrat Kathleen Campbell, who has strongly opposed the electoral changes that have been pushed by Eggers and Aceto.

The complaint was signed by Stella Anderson, a former chairwoman of the local elections board, as well as Democratic operatives Jesse Presnell and Ian O’Keefe.

The overriding criticism is about what they see as a lack of transparency. Among the concerns raised in the complaint are the legitimacy of Eggers’ appointment, how the board meetings are managed and how polling places have been selected.

Eggers could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

By Bertrand M. Gutierrez/Winston-Salem Journal

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