Elections chief says early voting bill could cause long lines at polls


    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s elections chief says a
    bill to shorten the early voting period likely would result in
    longer lines at polling sites and make elections more expensive.

    Elections Board Executive Director Gary Bartlett wrote in a memo
    to board members the legislation could lead counties to spend more
    because of additional absentee ballots and the need to open more
    precincts on Election Day.

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    Bartlett’s memo contrasts with a General Assembly staff report
    that suggests counties would spend about $2,000 less for each early
    voting site if the period were reduced a week.

    Bartlett sent the memo shortly after the House narrowly passed
    the bill Wednesday. It’s now in the Senate.

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