LUMBERTON — The race for mayor in Pembroke, which began in November and continued in March, will have to wait a little longer to be resolved.
The Robeson County Board of Elections was to have looked at recently obtained information on residency challenges on Monday, but decided to wait until late next week to meet and possibly determine whether some voters who cast ballots in a March do-over November election live within the Pembroke town limits.
G.L. Pridgen, director of the Robeson County Board of Elections, said the reason for the delay is that the 48-hour public meeting notice had not been met, as well as some of the participants in the meeting could not be present on such short notice. Pridgen said the board is also seeking some clarification on the 10 points the state Board of Elections wants addressed.
At the end of May, the state Board of Elections ruled that the Robeson County Board of Elections would have to resolve a protest filed by mayoral candidate Allen Dial. Dial, who was six votes behind Greg Cummings in a March do-over mayoral election, had challenged the eligibility of about 30 voters. After hearing the protest, state board members questioned the status of about seven voters who live in three homes.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.