NC halts plan to resolve ballot issue with voter affidavits

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Voter registration and absentee ballot. (Photo: USAF / Trevor Gordnier)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina State Board of Elections has sent out a memo encouraging county elections officials to suspend a program allowing voters to sign an affidavit to make up for the lack of a witness signature on their ballots.

Thousands of North Carolina voters have failed to provide witness information on the back of their return envelopes, a requirement for the ballots to be accepted.

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The board issued guidance last week to correct that problem by giving voters an affidavit rather than a new ballot. But the settlement is being reviewed in state and federal court.

A federal judge has expressed concern that the new protocols would upend the witness requirement.