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Early Vote turn out is high

By Erin Smith

The early voting has been brisk for Bladen County, according to the Board of Elections office in Elizabethtown.

“It’s running pretty high,” said Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw of the voter turn out as of Monday morning.

Final One Stop totals as of Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. are 6,365 ballots cast. Shaw said 737 mail-in absentee ballots have been received. She said the Board of Elections has received 1,659 requests for mail absentee ballots.

Bladen County has a total of 23,276 registered voters, that number includes both active and inactive voters, according to the State Board of Elections website.

Anyone who is voting by mail-in absentee ballots can either hand deliver their ballots to the Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. Shaw said if you plan to mail it in, your absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 6th, and it must be received at the Board of Elections by 5 p.m. Friday.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th, with polls open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at all 17 precincts.

Shaw said those who are voting in the Bethel precinct will be casting their ballots at Singletary United Methodist Church due to damage suffered at the Dublin Lions Club Building during Hurricane Florence.

Voters with questions regarding their registration or precinct location, can contact the Bladen County Board of Elections office at 910-862-6951 or they can visit the State Board of Elections website at


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