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Perdue signs all but 6 bills from NC Legislature

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RALEIGH -- North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has only a few pieces of legislation left to consider before a bill-signing deadline. Perdue last week signed 102 of the 108 bills that the General Assembly placed on her desk before it adjourned Aug. 11. She signed 43 on Friday, including legislation that expands a prison indoor smoking ban to the grounds surrounding them. Others make largely minor changes to election and campaign finance laws, although one allows children as young as 16 pre-register to vote. Two others adjusted the state's sentencing grid in a move hat could reduce the need for another 2,100 prison beds. The governor has through Sept. 10 to sign or veto the remaining bills. Those not considered by then automatically become law. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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2 year pre register.

Why do we have a law to allow minors to preregister to vote 2 years prior to turning 18. This is what our law makers are doing? This is a joke.

Confusion.

1. One reason is that you can register to vote when you are at the DMV. Kids get their licenses when they are sixteen and they do not have to go back again until they turn 21. By then, they will have missed at least one election cycle. and 2. Because of the confusion with previous elections. It appears that the local boards of elections were so slow to process voter registrations that many folks that were eligible to vote in mid-term local elections were not appearing on the roles and were having to cast provisional ballots that were not counted unless there was a contested election result. There was so much hoopla surrounding those provisional and absentee ballots the legislature thought a little preventative CYA was necessary.