LUMBERTON — No major problems were reported this morning as polls throughout the county opened at 6:30.
Tina Bledsoe, with the Robeson County Board of Elections, said there were a few complaints “here and there,” but nothing extraordinary.
The start of voting was delayed by five to 10 minutes at the Lumberton Precinct 8 voting site, the Lions Club on Carthage Road, when election workers did not have a key to get into the building, Bledsoe said. She said the first few voters who cast their ballots had to have their ballots placed in a locked emergency bin and put into the machines as soon as they were up and running.
Bledsoe said that despite a public hearing, numerous advertisements, and voting cards sent to voters that clearly stated that Pembroke voters would be casting ballots this year at the Pembroke Public Library instead of the Pembroke Middle School, several voters complained to voting officials at the Pembroke site that they were not informed about the change.
According to Bledsoe, several complaints were also received from registered Republican voters who came to the polls wanting to vote a Democratic ticket. In a primary, voters must vote for candidates on the party ticket of which they are registered.
“Some (Republicans) are upset because they wanted to vote in the Democratic primary for sheriff,” she said.
The Robesonian received a complaint from one property owner along Shannon Road in Saddletree who said that four signs he had on three different properties for school board candidate Peggy Chavis were taken down last night. Chavis is in a three-way race with Severeo Kerns and Brenda Locklear. Kerns is the incumbent.
“That is dirty politics, ” said Lewis Bruce. “It had to be done by someone supporting one of the other candidates.”