There's a new head of elections in Watauga County, and not everyone is happy with the pick.
In a 2-1 vote, the Watauga County Board of Elections last week chose Matt Snyder to be their next elections director, according to the Watauga Democrat newspaper. Snyder is a familiar face in Watauga politics – he was the GOP party chairman from 2011 to 2013.
County Democrats have railed against the pick. On their Web site, they posted a resolution in opposition of Snyder's hiring, saying he has little experience in running elections and was chosen without a formal candidate search and without the job being advertised.
It's not the first controversial decision for the Watauga board in recent years. Last year, a flurry of legal maneuverings followed the board's decision to close a popular early-voting precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University. The courts ultimately decided to keep the precinct open.
Snyder will replace long-time elections director Jane Ann Hodges, who is retiring in June.