NC counties reduce early voting hours for primary

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Almost a third of North Carolina's counties have received permission from state elections officials to reduce early-voting hours heading into the May 6 primary below what last year's elections overhaul law demanded of them.

The law is a divisive issue that faces legal challenges. The law actually decreased the number of early-voting days from 17 days to 10 but came with a qualification. Counties would still have to offer at least the same number of cumulative hours for people to vote ahead of election day compared to the 2010 primary.

But more than 30 counties have taken advantage of a little-discussed exemption in the law that allows them to offer fewer hours as long as county and state elections boards approve the change unanimously.

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