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State legislature pushing through election-related bills

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Republican-led Legislature is pushing
through several election-related bills that would make it easier
for third-party candidates to get on the ballot, make judicial
races partisan again and eliminate straight-party voting.

The full House and Senate approved several pieces of legislation
Tuesday that are being heard because Democrats are no longer in
charge of the chambers.

One measure approved by the House would reduce drastically the
number of signatures required for a third party to get their
candidates on an Election Day ballot and to keep them on for future
election cycles.

The House also tentatively agreed to eliminate nonpartisan
judicial elections and end voluntary public financing for candidate
for three Council of State positions.

The Senate gave initial approval to get rid of voting on a
straight ticket.

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

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