Little action was taken at the Lincoln County Board of Elections preliminary hearing on absentee ballots Monday afternoon.
The hearing, a result of challenges to 27 absentee ballot requests in the recent Lincolnton city elections, will not affect the results of any race, which were certified during the boardâ€™s vote canvass last week.
Rather, as the Times-News has previously reported, local Republicans are hoping to establish a consistent policy concerning absentee ballot requests in advance of the next election.
During the hearing, which was really more of a formality, election board members established that the paperwork filed for the ballot protests was orderly, complete and submitted in a timely manner. Additionally, a motion stating that there are alleged violations to be looked at further was passed.
Chair Bob Richardson specified that the counting or tabulation of votes is not in question. Instead, the protest is regarding a possible irregularity with state statutes.
The board also approved both the need for and date of an official hearing, set for Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m., where there will be more discussion.
Elections Director Bill C. Beam added that the second hearing has to be 10 business days from the first and that he had conferred with County Attorney Wesley Deaton about the date so that he could be present.
Before the meeting was adjourned, election board member Charles Cook requested that minutes from both hearings be sent to the stateâ€™s board of elections, and Beam confirmed that it was already a requirement.