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Some Appointments Yet To Be Made On State Elections Board

Posted July 15, 2005

— Some critics argue Gov. Mike Easley has not made time to fill some key government appointments.

The terms of the members of the state Board of Elections expired May 1. Although the two parties nominated replacements, Easley has not appointed them.

The governor's office sums up the delay in two words -- the budget. A representative from the governor's office said the governor has been so consumed by budget negotiations that the Board of Elections appointments have been placed on a back burner.

Republicans believe there is more to it. They call it a rift between Easley and the Democratic party's new chairman, Jerry Meek. They point to the fact that Meek did not nominate one of the incumbents. Meanwhile, Democrats say the delay is not unusual.

Election officials admit appointments need to be made soon to get ready for the November elections. The state board appoints local boards, which then train precinct workers.

Easley said incumbent board members will continue to serve until new members are appointed.

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