The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement appointed new members to the local elections boards in all 100 counties last month.
The board of elections in each county is comprised of four members, with two Republicans and two Democrats selected from a list of prospective candidates submitted to the state by local party leaders.
In Lincoln County, Charles Newman — an Iron Station Republican who recently received that party’s lifetime achievement award — has been appointed to serve a second term on the local board of elections. Lynn Anderson, who was awarded Republican of the Year in 2005 by the Lincoln County GOP, will occupy the other Republican seat on the board.
Judy Beam Caudill, who served as Lincoln County Board of Elections director for over 40 years before retiring in 2011, will hold one of the two seats occupied by Lincoln County Democrats. Donald Evan Wise, a Vale Democrat, will fill the other seat and round out the four-member board.
The newly appointed Lincoln County Board of Elections has hit the ground running, with May’s party primary elections now less than one month away. The first step on the board’s to-do list was to approve the county’s one-stop voting locations, as well as the days and hours of operation for each location.
In Lincolnton, voters can stop by the James W. Warren Citizens Center auditorium from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. beginning on April 19-20. The Citizens Center location will operate from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the weeks of April 23-27 and April 30 through May 4. Voters can also visit the location on April 28 and May 5, both of which are Saturdays, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Those outside of the city limits can visit the North Brook Community Center in Vale or the East Lincoln Community Center in Denver for one-stop voting. Both of those locations will be operational during the last week of April and first week of May from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
In the coming weeks, the local board of elections will be tasked with approving all absentee ballots turned in by voters and appointing all precinct officials that will run the show at each of the county’s polling locations on the day of the election.
The Lincoln County party primary elections are scheduled for May 8, with the office of sheriff and two seats on the county commission up for grabs. With no Democrats in the running for either office, local Democrats will need to change their registration to unaffiliated in order to vote in the Republican primary and have a say in who becomes the county’s next sheriff and which two candidates earn seats on the county commission.
Other primary races on May’s ballot include city council, clerk of court and register of deeds, as well as state House, state Senate and the United States House of Representatives.
For more information on the upcoming elections, visit the elections tab on the Lincoln County website, or call the elections office at (704) 736-8480.