Thursday, August 11, 2005
Late Applications For Mayor, Town Commissioner Rejected By Board Of Elections - Two candidates who filed for office in Selma may have to go to court to get their names on the November ballot. Charles Hester filed for mayor and Tommy Holmes filed for town council less than an hour before the filing period closed at 12 noon last Friday. A town official did not take the candidates application to the Johnston County Board of Elections office until 4pm that day, four hours after the deadline has passed. Election officials declared both filings as invalid. Johnston County Board of Elections officials had told officials in local municipalities that candidates filing on the last day must do so at the Board of Elections office, not at town halls. In addition, the filings must be hand delivered before the deadline. A hearing on the matter has been set for next Tuesday, but according to an attorney with the NC Board of Elections, the only recourse the candidates have is to appeal the decision to court or to launch a write in campaign.