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By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Wednesday afternoon and approved the proposed list of precinct Chief Judges and Judges for the upcoming election cycle. Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw and Bladen County Democratic Party Chairman Ben Snyder worked together to create the proposed list presented for approval.

“I think we are good,” said Shaw of the list.

Board of Elections Chairman Bobby Ludlum asked Shaw about the availability of the individuals being proposed. Shaw explained that once the list is approved, then the Board of Elections staff will send a letter to the individuals notifying them of their appointment. Shaw said whether or not they accept the appointment is up to them.

Shaw said once everyone is notified of their appointment, they will then be asked to report to the Board of Elections to be sworn in. Once they are sworn in, Shaw said she will begin scheduling training sessions for the newly appointed Chief Judges and Judges.

Both Ludlum and Board of Elections member Al Daniels said they agreed with the proposed list.

Daniels also told Shaw he would like to discuss creating a pool to “move folks up.”

In other business, Shaw updated the board regarding the email virus which has idled the Bladen County government email server. Shaw said currently, she is communicating with the State Board of Elections via telephone.

“It’s really bad. They have had to hire some outside help to clean this up,” said Shaw.

She told the board, for the time being, she will be communicating with them via telephone or fax.

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