Election rule changes for COVID-19 considered in N.C. House

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina legislators are starting to debate proposed election rule changes this fall so people have wider paths to cast ballots despite COVID-19 health risks.

House committees scheduled meetings on Wednesday to advance a bipartisan bill that would make it easier for someone to request a mail-in absentee ballot and for officials to recruit polling site workers.

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There would also be millions of dollars distributed to elections boards in part to upgrade security and equipment. Demand for absentee ballots is expected to soar this year.

Other legislators and civil rights activists are seeking additional rule changes.