- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina appeals court has put on hold for now a trial judge’s ruling that Watauga County must open a voting station on the Appalachian State University campus when in-person early voting begins next Thursday.

The state Court of Appeals issued Friday a temporary delay of Wake Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens’ order earlier this week. Stephens found no other reason why the State Board of Elections approved a Watauga early voting plan without a university site except to discourage student voting.

The board asked appeals courts to step in, saying registered voters who complained had no right for a court review on an early voting matter.

The appeals court is expected to rule quickly whether Stephens’ order should be delayed longer while the ruling’s merits are considered.

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