Friday, March 23, 2007


The House committee on election laws on which I sit has given a favorable report on a bill that would allow North Carolinians to register and immediately cast an absentee ballot at one-stop voting sites. At this time, the State law requires that registrations be closed 25 days before an election. This bill would permit voter registration up to four days before Election Day. Prospective voters would have to bring proof of identity and residence to register. If it passes the full House, the bill will take effect prior to this year's local elections. In the seven states that have adopted some form of same day registration, voter turn out has improved significantly.

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