Early voting legislation delayed in House

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Debate on politically tinged legislation to
    cut North Carolina’s early voting period by a week has been delayed
    in the House.

    The chief sponsor of the House measure gave no reason on the
    floor why he asked that a final House vote scheduled for Monday
    night be delayed until Wednesday.

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    The bill received tentative approval last week by a close margin
    after an hour of debate. The close vote means a veto by Democratic
    Gov. Beverly Perdue could potentially block the measure.

    Early voting is popular. More than 2.4 million voters cast
    ballots at one-stop sites in the 2008 general election.

    Bill supporters say it would eliminate a relatively slow part of
    the early-voting period. Democrats counter the change would pare
    back turnout by black voters.

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