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Bladen County still has no Elections Board

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Making a crazy situation even crazier:

Right now, Bladen County has no board of elections. Earlier this month, the new state board declined to appoint a new county board of elections until the investigation was over. NCSBE spokesperson Patrick Gannon said the board will appoint a new county board at a future meeting but a date for that meeting has not been set.

NCSBE members agreed at the hearing in Raleigh that in light of the information revealed during the testimony, additional oversight is needed of the upcoming special elections in Bladen County. “State board members agreed at the evidentiary hearing that the agency should look closely at the operations and oversight of the Bladen County Board of Elections, given the recent developments,” Gannon said.

Unfortunately, this article is over 3 weeks old, but a teaser of a story buried behind a paywall (that I refuse to pay because I'm already paying that company) reveals the Board is still not empaneled, and the NC GOP has refused to put any (replacement) Republican names forward to fill those seats. Absentee ballots for the Primary will (very soon) have to be sent out, and there's more than just a Congressional special election to be considered:

Lennon Lacy documentary wins Sundance Film Festival award

But the possible lynching itself is still mired in mystery:

I talked to Claudia Lacy in Bladenboro in December of 2014. Earlier that year, on Aug. 29, she had lost her son Lennon Lacy, who was found hanging from a playground swing. Local law officers ruled his death a suicide. Claudia Lacy did not believe that. She thought her son, who was African-American, was lynched. She told me then she would not stop her search for the truth. She considered it her duty.

This mother’s mission makes up a big part of the documentary “Always In Season,” directed by Jacqueline Olive. Lacy’s story is interwoven with the brutal, tragic history of lynching in America. On Feb. 2, the documentary won the Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

When you look at the details of this case, you'd think it happened back in the 1950's:

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