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N.C. one step closer to one-stop voting

RALEIGH -- One-stop voting may soon take just one stop. A bill just passed in the State Senate would allow someone to vote the same day they register. But some people are worried it could cause more problems than it's worth. The bill hasn't been signed into law yet. But already it has some people worried it could lead to more cases of voter fraud. The bill passed in the State House in March and in the Senate Wednesday. Under the current law, no one is allowed to register to vote 25 days before an election. House bill 91 would allow someone who misses the registration deadline to go to any one-stop voting facility, fill out the registration forms, show proper form of ID and vote -- all in the same day. The purpose of the bill is to get more people to vote. But some don't think it's a good idea at all. Local republican Rachael Frazelle said, "We would have no window of opportunity to check and make sure that these voters are eligible -- that they are truly able to vote." Some of the documents a voter can show to prove their citizenship include a government ID, such as a North Carolina driver's license, bank statement, utility bill, pay stub or other government document. Voters must also sign a form saying they live at the address they provide. If a person lies, he could be charged with a felony. Within two business days of the voter's registration county election officials must verify the voter's identity. A spokesperson for the governor says the bill has not yet been presented to him and he will vote on it after getting a chance to review it. In North Carolina residents vote for presidential primary candidates in May, about three months after many other states vote. There's a bill in the NC Senate that would bump up North Carolina's primary vote to February, theoretically giving votes from our state more impact. The bill seems to be stalled at the moment, but it may come up again in the future. Some election officials say it will never pass because it would cost too much money to hold an election specifically for the primaries.

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