BOONE — An early-voting plan using six early-voting sites was unanimously approved by the Watauga County Board of Elections on Wednesday, but five precinct Election Day polling location changes were struck down 2-2 in a vote that required unanimous approval.

The early-voting plan was approved during the meeting with minimal discussion, but after the meeting, Democratic board members Jane Ann Hodges and Richard Rapfogel refused to sign off on the plan, with debate going back to the precinct polling locations that were just voted down. Watauga County Board of Elections Director Matthew Snyder asked the board members to refrain from discussing board matters outside of a public meeting.

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