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NC officials troubled by raucous election activity


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina election officials are concerned about raucous campaigning around early voting sites and people purposefully misrepresenting voting laws to reduce turnout.

State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett says his office has received many reports of "aggressive electioneering" at in-person voting sites during early voting that ends Saturday.

Bartlett says candidate and party activists have been entering no-campaign zones to work potential voters and used profanities against their opponents. He told county election officials this kind of aggressive campaigning can't be tolerated.

There also have been reports of voters being told they can vote by phone or they can't vote if they have outstanding traffic tickets.

Bartlett said he's never heard more complaints, misinformation and what he calls voter suppression or intimidation activities during his tenure.

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