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The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Wednesday morning and voted to approve hours for the One Stop voting sites for the 2016 Presidential Primary.

The NC Board of Elections in Raleigh must now approve the proposed schedule.

The cumulative number of hours for the 2016 Election for the sites will be 298 hours, one- half hour less than the 2014 primary election.

Bladen County Board of Elections Deputy Director Marsha White told the board because of the reduction in hours a letter requesting the reduction must be submitted to the State Board of Elections.

“We are way above board with hours in comparison to other counties in the state,” said Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw.

Board of Elections President Bobby Ludlum explained that the proposed schedule will standardize the hours the One Stop sites will be operating.

White explained that all of the One Stop sites will be using the same schedule pending state board approval. The plan calls for extending the One Stop voting hours on the final two days of voting.

The proposed locations for One Stop voting will be the Bladen County Public Library, the Bladenboro Historical Building, East Arcadia Town Hall, and the Dublin Lions Club Building.

The proposed One Stop schedule will  see an extension of hours on Thursday and Friday and the addition of a second Saturday. The proposed hours are March 3 and 4 from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.March 7 -9 hours will be 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.March 10-11 from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

In other business, Shaw told the board that the town of White Lake has made a request to have a malt beverage referendum added to the town’s ballot which will require the printing of additional ballots. Also, the county commissioners have voted to have a quarter-cent sales tax referendum to reduce the property tax by 2 cents added to the ballot.

Shaw said she must draft a letter to White Lake Mayor Goldston Womble and White Lake Town Attorney Cliff Hester regarding the word in for the town’s referendum. The last time a malt beverage referendum was held in White Lake was 2005, according to Shaw.

Shaw said she also would have to speak with Bladen County Manager Greg Martin regarding the wording of the county’s referendum.

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