At this time, county boards of elections do not have appointed members and therefore may not meet or conduct business as the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement ceased to exist at noon on Friday, December 28, 2018. Effective January 31, 2019, Session Law 2018-146 establishes a five-member State Board of Elections and eight-member Ethics Commission. Once appointed, county boards of elections will be made up of five members.
The New Hanover County Board of Elections consists of four members and is responsible for the administration of Elections and Related Laws and Rules of North Carolina. The Director, upon recommendation of the Board, is appointed by the State to advise and provide administrative oversight of the elections department. To see additional information on board meetings, please click here.
The Board is responsible for conducting all federal, state, and local elections held within the County and delegated to perform duties as may be prescribed by N.C. General Statutes Chapter 163A, or by the rules, orders, and directives of the State Board of Elections. The Board appoints all chief judges, judges, assistants, and other officers of elections and is responsible for investigating irregularities, nonperformance of duties, and violations of laws by election officers and other persons.
Jonathan W. Washburn is a Wilmington native going back numerous generations. Graduate of Davidson College (cum laude 1978) and UNC Law School (Juris Doctor 1982) as well as UNC Business School (Masters in Business Administration 1982). Jonathan has been a practicing attorney in Wilmington since 1982 and has previously served on the New Hanover County Board of Elections a total of 16 years. Jonathan has two daughters, Cameron (graduated UNCW 2014) and Julia (graduated NCSU 2012).
Evelyn A. Bryant has been a legal assistant/secretary over 24 years. In 2017, she was selected as a Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen of the Lower Cape Fear honoree and recipient of the Phenomenal Woman Award. She is a community activist, bringing people and resources together, and is passionate about creating a social change within her community. Mrs. Bryant also serves on the following boards and committees: Community Relations Advisory Council; YWCA-Lower Cape Fear; LINC, Inc.; SENC MLK Committee; Blue Ribbon Commission; and, Voyage Community Council. She has two beautiful daughters: a 2017 graduate of UNCG and a student at Issac Bear Early College.
Jamie S. Getty has been an attorney with Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed L.L.P. since 2012 and was previously an attorney for Speaks Law Firm, P.C. in Wilmington, North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Salem College in Winston Salem (2004) and a Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina (2009). She has been honored by Business North Carolina Legal Elite as a 2014 “Young Gun”. Outside of her practice, she is active in the community as a member of the March of Dimes Board of Directors, the North Carolina Commission on Mental Health (Substance Abuse Services and Developmental Disabilities) and the Philanthropic Education Organization for Women.
Thomas C. Pollard retired from the City of Wilmington where he held the position of City Attorney for over 26 years. He holds a B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Arizona and both a Masters in City and Regional Planning and a J.D. with Honors from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is a graduate of New Hanover High School. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the Environmental Law Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Board of the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry. He is a member of the City of Wilmington Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and a past-president of the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys. Since retirement, his favorite volunteer activity has been reading with students at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design.