By Erin Smith
The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday at 12 noon, and elected a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Outgoing Chairman Jens Lutz joined the meeting by telephone.
Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw told the board that a directive from the State Board of Elections indicated the Chairman must be a Republican and the Vice-Chairman must be a Democrat. NC House Bill 90 changed the make-up of the local and state board of elections.
The board named Bobby Ludlum as Chairman and Jens Lutz to serve as Vice-Chairman. They will serve in their roles until July 2019, according to Shaw. Al Daniels was named to serve as Secretary, and Rob Davis remains as a member.
Lutz has completed a term as Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections and Ludlum completed a term as Vice-Chairman.
Shaw updated the board regarding the One Stop plan adopted by the board last week.
“I have sent the One Stop hours you agreed on to the State,” said Shaw.
She also informed the board that Bladen County Manager Greg Martin had been in contact with her regarding the possibility of adding a Sales Tax referendum to the November ballot. Shaw said, if the board chooses to adopt such a resolution at their next meeting, it will be placed on the ballot in November.
Shaw told the board she did make Martin aware of the fact that the deadline for the printing of ballots is drawing near; though she did not give the exact date.