House OKs bill allowing more electronic filings

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    RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Most political campaigns – including those for the legislature – would be required to file campaign finance reports electronically with North Carolina’s elections board starting in 2017 in a bill that cleared the House.

    The requirement was added to a series of largely technical changes to elections and campaign laws passed Tuesday. Similar language requiring broad electronic filing passed the House last year but sat in the Senate.

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    The amendment by Democratic Rep. Pricey Harrison would apply to any political committee that raises or spends $10,000 for an election cycle. Right now electronic filing applies to candidates for statewide office and committees that give to statewide candidates, with a $5,000 threshold.

    A separate measure approved Tuesday makes clear lawfully-cast absentee votes by residents who die before an election will count.

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