- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina appeals court won’t block enforcement of a trial judge’s order requiring Watauga County to host one voting site on the Appalachian State University campus when early voting begins Thursday.

The intermediate-level Court of Appeals denied Tuesday the request of the State Board of Elections to essentially halt the implementation of Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens’ order for the fall election. A temporary stay also was dissolved.

The issue may not be fully resolved. The board made similar requests of the state Supreme Court to block Stephens’ decision. State board spokesman Josh Lawson says the board plans an emergency meeting Wednesday.

Stephens last week ruled the approved early voting plan - based on a proposal of Republican Watauga County board members - appear designed to discourage student voting.

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