ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Elections has completed its vote canvas and the results have been submitted to the State Board of Elections in Raleigh, according to Director Cynthia Shaw on Wednesday.
“We only had six provisionals we had to add to the total count,” said Shaw of the 13 provisional ballots cast.
She also reported that there were no glitches or complaints reported on election day.
“All of the information was mailed to the State Board in Raleigh yesterday (Tuesday, May 13),” said Shaw.
She also reported that, according to an email received from the State Board of Elections in Raleigh, Bladen County does not have to have a runoff in any of the contests. Shaw added there are other counties where runoffs will be necessary, such as in two Robeson County commissoiner races, but Bladen County will not be affected.
Shaw also said that Jeffrey Smith came to the Board of Elections and inquired about the process for having a referendum for the on-premises sale of malt beverages added to the November ballot.
Shaw said the process is covered in the N.C. General Statute 18B-600 and 601. She said if the process is pursued, it will require that Smith obtain 35 percent of the signatures of the county’s registered voters — or about 7,893 signatures. Once he submits the signatures, the Board of Elections has to verify the signatures.
“If he meets his quota of signatures, then it goes on the ballot in November,” said Shaw.
She said if Smith chooses to pursue the petition, he will have 90 days to turn the petition back in. Once the signatures are submitted, the board has 30 days to verify all of the signatures, said Shaw.
She stressed that, right now, it was simply an inquiry and it is for malt beverages only.
“He (Smith) has been in to inquire. It is just for malt beverages and does not have anything to do with the wine issue,” said Shaw.
A county-wide referendum for beer and/or wine sales was defeated by voters on May 6.