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House to vote on shortening early voting period

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A proposal to cut North Carolina's early voting period by a week worries Democrats that they will lose voters. But Republican insist the shorter time is more efficient.

The state House is scheduled to vote on the measure Monday. A tentative vote last week passed by a close margin, meaning a veto by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue could block the measure.

More than half of North Carolina's voters cast ballots early in the 2008 general election. A surge at one-stop voting sites helped Barack Obama capture North Carolina's electoral votes and win the White House.

Republicans say cutting out the first week of the current 2.5-week early-voting period would save money for local elections boards and candidates who would have to focus on fewer dates the polls are open.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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