Today is the last day for members of the Nash County Democratic Party who wish to be considered for nomination as the county’s next register of deeds to make their wishes known to party leaders.

The Nash County Democratic Party plans to meet at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 via Zoom to vote on a recommendation of an eligible resident of Nash County to be appointed to fill Anne Melvin’s unexpired term as register of deeds.

The move is necessary because of Melvin’s death on Sept. 2. Melvin, a Democrat, had served as Nash County Register of Deeds for nearly 10 years, winning her last election to the office in 2020. The current term of office expires in 2024 and the person who is selected at next Thursday’s meeting will serve in that role until then, Nash County Elections Director John Kearney said Thursday.

Sandra Davis, the county’s assistant register of deeds, is filling the position until a new register of deeds is appointed, Nash County Manager Zee Lamb said in an earlier interview.

Anyone who is qualified and interested in becoming the next Nash County register of deeds should provide a letter of interest by today to their Democratic precinct chair or to Sandy Conover, chairwoman of the Nash County Democratic Party.

Once the Nash County Democratic Party selects a person to fill the role Thursday, the recommendation will be made to the Nash County Board of Commissioners. However, under state law, that vote is merely a formality.

According to N.C. General Statute 161-5, if the executive committee of the Nash County Democratic Party selects a nominee for the position within 30 days, that nominee shall be appointed by the Nash County Board of Commissioners to fill the role until the term expires.

Registers of deeds are elected to four-year terms by the citizens of the county and serve as custodian and manager of large numbers of public records including real estate records, birth and death records and marriage certificates.