NC House offering own changes to address absentee fraud

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina House has offered another version of legislation designed to prevent mail-in absentee ballot fraud that prosecutors say occurred last fall and caused officials to require a new congressional election.

Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County says the measure will be heard next week in his Rules Committee. The Senate approved its own ideas last month.

The House bill bans people from collecting and returning completed absentee request forms, which would now be identified for specific elections. Prepaid postage envelopes for mail-in ballots also would be created.

The measure separately restores permanently in-person voting the Saturday before an election and addresses the current requirement that touchscreen voting machines be replaced for 2020.

Several people have been charged with crimes related to absentee balloting in the 9th Congressional District.

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