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Bladen Board of Elections Meets in Lightning-Fast Session

Bladen County’s Elections Board met Tuesday evening following a ten-minute quorum delay, yet still adjourned before 5:30. With Board members Michael Aycock and Emery White absent, Chair Louella Thompson gaveled the meeting to order at 5:10, turning the meeting over to Executive Director Chris Williams for an update on election preparations.

Mr. Williams informed the Board that staff had already sent out 855 absentee ballots, and they are still receiving 60 to 70 ballot requests each day. Training for absentee ballot counters will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29th; depending on the number of ballots being sent out, more personnel may need to be recruited and trained.

All early voting sites are ready for the election, and the cleanup crews are set. In addition, all COVID-19 safety materials are either on hand or will be delivered prior to the election. He also advised the Board that three additional DS-200 voting tabulators are currently on order.

A complete list of poll workers has been drawn up, and the formality of a vote of approval will occur at the October 13th meeting, when all members should be present.

Two poll worker training dates have been set for Thursday September 17th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again the following Thursday, September 24th, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Prior to adjournment, Chair Thompson thanked Mr. Williams, his assistant Wanda Monroe and their entire staff for their diligence in meeting voting deadlines in this era of COVID.

The meeting adjourned at 5:27 p.m.


Bladen County Absentee Meetings

Bladen County Board of Elections will be meeting the following dates to approve or correct any deficiencies for Absentee by Mail Ballots.

Meeting Date Meeting Time Purpose

9/29/2020 5:00 PM ABSENTEE BOARD MEETING 1

10/6/2020 5:00 PM ABSENTEE BOARD MEETING 2

10/13/2020 5:00 PM ABSENTEE BOARD MEETING 3

10/20/2020 5:00 PM ABSENTEE BOARD MEETING 4

10/27/2020 5:00 PM ABSENTEE BOARD MEETING 5

11/2/2020 5:00 PM ABSENTEE BOARD MEETING 6

11/3/2020 2:00 PM ABSENTEE BOARD MEETING 7

11/10/2020 5:00 PM SUPPLEMENTAL ABSENTEE MEETING

11/13/2020 11:00 AM CANVASS

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