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By Charlotte Smith

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail from the county board of elections is today, February 25, 2020, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections. The voted ballot must be returned in person or by mail to the county board of elections no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day (March 3, 2020). Absentee ballots received after 5 p.m. on Election Day will be timely only if they are received by mail no later than 5 p.m. on the third day following the date of the election (March 6, 2020) and postmarked on or before Election Day.

As of yesterday Bladen County had a almost 2,000 votes and on Sunday the actual total was 1,482, according to Mr. Robert Hester’s “Thoughts While Shaving“.

Early voting ends Saturday, February 29, 2020 according to the board of elections announced schedule. Early voting offers same-day registration. Eligible individuals are able to register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day during the early voting time period. Voters may change their name and address, but will not be allowed to change their party affiliation during the early voting period.

No identification is needed to cast a vote during this election. Early voting polls are located at the Bladen County Board of Elections’ office, located at 301 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown, the Spaulding Monroe building located at 508 Martin Luther King Drive in Bladenboro and at East Arcadia Town Hall located at
1472 East Arcadia Road in Reigelwood.

The Primary Election day is March 3rd. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and voters in line at the polls at 7:30 p.m. will be able to vote, according to the board of elections.

The State board also issued a reminder about cell phones. Photographs of voted ballots are prohibited by State law. Voters are allowed to have phones or electronic devices with them while voting as long as those devices are not used to photograph a ballot or communicate with anyone via voice, text, email or any other method, according to the board.

BladenOnline.com will provide election totals on March 3, 2020 after the polls close.