BOE swearing-in awaits governor

By: By Bob Shiles -

LUMBERTON — The swearing-in of Robeson County Board of Elections members scheduled for Tuesday has delay indefintely.

Tina Bledsoe, an elections technician and former interim director of the Robeson County Board of Elections, said Friday that the swearing-in of the three board members is awaiting Gov. Roy Cooper’s appointments to the State Board of Elections.

“The governor makes the appointments to the state board and the state board appoints the county members,” said Bledsoe. “At the county level we can’t do anything until our board members have been appointed by the state board.”

Those Robeson County board members who were to have been sworn-in Tuesday include incumbents Steve Stone and Daniel Locklear, both Republicans, and Tiffany Peguise-Powers, a Democrat.

Traditionally, boards of elections across the state have been made up of three members, two of which have the same party affiliation as the governor. Under recent state legislation, however, county boards of elections are going to be re-structured to consist of four members, two Democrats and two Republicans.

Cooper, who became governor in January, is a Democrat. He replaced Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican.

By Bob Shiles

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.