by Blake Proctor
The Bladen Board of Elections met on Tuesday, October 12th for their regularly scheduled meeting., Prior to the call to order, attendees so inclined were asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance; those on the left side of the dais sat the Pledge out.
Chairman Louella Thompson gaveled the meeting to order at 5pm and asked Executive Directive Director Chris Williams what was to be on the agenda. He replied that there were no absentee ballots to review, but several poll-worker vacancies to fill in all nine precincts.
Over the vociferous objections of Bladen County Republican Party Chairman Wayne Schaeffer regarding the filling of Republican seats with Democrats, the Board filled four Judge vacancies; all were approved on votes of 3 to 2, with the Republican minority both voting nay.
Continuing the fixes that were required, but less contentiously, the Board approved filling Assistant Judge vacancies in all nine precincts, all but one unanimously; the exception was a 4 to 1 vote for the Bladenboro 1st Precinct seat.
After these appointments were made, Mr. Williams informed the Board that registration to vote this election have been closed except for the two towns that have one-stop elections. Voters can register and vote at the same time in White Lake and the two Elizabethtown precincts.
On election day, ballot counting may be observed in the large hall at the rear of the Elections offices, where there will be plenty of room for interested parties.
There being no further business to be discussed, the meeting was adjourned at 5:24pm.