Citing election fraud hearing, lack of information, NCSBE will not appoint new members to election boards in Bladen, Columbus counties

NCSBE not appointing new members to local election boards

NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Two counties in southeastern North Carolina will remain without a county board of elections for the immediate future.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted Thursday to table appointing new members to the boards in Columbus County and Bladen County.

State board member Stella Anderson said several counties, including Columbus, did not provide a list of nominees from both political parties. Documents show three registered Democrats were nominated, but no list of Republicans was submitted.

For Bladen County, the delay comes in light of an upcoming hearing into alleged election fraud in that county and beyond.

The hearing for the election fraud investigation is scheduled to begin Feb. 18, and the board opted to delay appointing new members to the county’s election body until that hearing concludes.

During a nearly four-hour closed session, the board discussed the upcoming hearing and items that will be made public at that time.

Nominees:

Bladen

  • Democrats 
    • Deborah Bell
    • Patricia Sheppard
    • Al Daniel
  • Republicans
    • Kenneth Robert Davis 
    • Bobby Ray Ludlum 
    • Emery McRae White

Columbus

  • Democrats
    • Katherine Carwile Horne
    • Brenda Blanks Ebron
    • Bonita Kelley Blakney

Appointees

Brunswick

  • Democrats
    • Edward Lewis
    • Rebecca Willis
  • Republicans
    • Grant Randy Pelton 
    • Stuart Richard Smith

New Hanover

  • Democrats
    • Evelyn Bryant
    • Carter Jewell
  • Republicans
    • Jonathan Washburn
    • Jamie Getty

Pender

  • Democrats
    • Barbara Melluso
    • Collin Smith
  • Republicans
    • Louis Bryan Smith
    • Jeffery Ryan Trout

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