Bill easing N.C. absentee ballot access goes to governor

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NC Senate passes absentee ballot bill (Photo: MGN / U.S. Air Force)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are sending Gov. Roy Cooper a bill making it easier for voters to access absentee ballots during a COVID-19 pandemic this fall while ensuring in-person voting sites are clean and safe.

The legislation received bipartisan support on Thursday during final Senate and House votes. The bill expand the options for registered voters to receive an absentee ballot request form. More than $27 million also would be distributed to election boards for things like ballot equipment and security upgrades.

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A handful of Democrats said the measure didn’t go far enough to help voters isolated by the pandemic.