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By Charlotte Smith

The Special Election is fast approaching. Some voters have voiced concerns with the costs of the election and others have questions over exactly what the Special Election is for and how it will work out.

Bladen County Elections Interim Director, Valeria McKoy gave the commissioners the estimated costs of the special election this week. The estimated costs are to be around 54,000 dollars according to McKoy’s report.

When asked, McKoy explained the Special Election process.

“We are having a Primary Election and a General Election at the same time,” McKoy said. She continued by stating, because the Commissioner District 3 and the Soil and Water Supervisor races already had a primary election last year, the  Special Election held on May 14 will be their General Election.

Therefore, the only persons allowed on the ballot for Bladen County Commissioner District 3 race and the Bladen County Soil and Water Supervisor are the candidates selected in last year’s Primary Election.

However, due to the District 9 Congressional election investigation, May’s election process will also serve as the Primary Election for the 13 candidates running for the 9th District Congressional seat, McKoy finished saying.

Early voting will be April 24 until May 10, 2019 and Election Day will be May 14th, 2019.

The Special General Election will be held September 10, 2019 for the Congressional seat unless there is a run-off according to McKoy.  There are 13 candidates in the 9th District Congressional race. On the 9th Congressional District ballot there will be 10 Republicans candidates, one Democrat candidate , one Libertarian candidate and one candidate for the Green Party.

This year there will also be local municipality elections held on November 5, 2019.

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