NC GOP lawmakers seek to scale back early voting

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 8:45 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Some Republicans are trying again to curb early voting in North Carolina.
 
GOP House and Senate members filed legislation this week to scale back the current 2 1/2- week early voting period before primary and general elections by one week. They also want to halt same-day voter registration during those periods.
 
The House bill also would eliminate Sunday voting during early voting, end straight-party balloting and make all judicial races partisan.
 
The House agreed in 2011 to reduce the early voting period but the bill didn't pass the Senate. Early voting is popular -- 56 percent of the votes cast in November's election occurred at one-stop early voting sites.
 
The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People scheduled a news conference Friday to oppose the legislation.

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