Elections chief says early voting bill could cause long lines at polls

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's elections chief says a
bill to shorten the early voting period likely would result in
longer lines at polling sites and make elections more expensive.

Elections Board Executive Director Gary Bartlett wrote in a memo
to board members the legislation could lead counties to spend more
because of additional absentee ballots and the need to open more
precincts on Election Day.

Bartlett's memo contrasts with a General Assembly staff report
that suggests counties would spend about $2,000 less for each early
voting site if the period were reduced a week.

Bartlett sent the memo shortly after the House narrowly passed
the bill Wednesday. It's now in the Senate.

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