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House To Take Up Voting Changes

Dave DeWitt

The House today is expected to take up a bill that makes major changes to how North Carolina will conduct elections. The Voter Verification Information Act includes shorter early voting periods and the elimination of same-day voter registration.

Other changes include no longer pre-registering young voters and increasing the maximum campaign donation per election. That’s in addition to the original purpose of the bill, to create a voter ID requirement.

The Senate passed the bill yesterday.

"This election reform bill is something that is going to work to bring up to date an archaic, outdated state election code, but more importantly what it does is it reestablished a level of confidence in our election process and in our state government," said Senator Bob Rucho, a Republican.

Democrats called the bill “voter suppression” and argued it disproportionately affects African-American voters.

The bill is likely to pass the House, according to Speaker Thom Tillis. Governor Pat McCrory has not yet said if he will sign it.

Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Feature News Editor. As an editor, reporter, and producer he's covered politics, environment, education, sports, and a wide range of other topics.
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