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Changes To Early Voting, Hog Nuisance Lawsuits Now Law

The early-voting period in North Carolina will end on the Friday before Election Day instead of Saturday.  The House Wednesday completed an override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that shifts the in-person, early voting period back a day.  That Saturday has been a popular day for early voting, especially among African-Americans.  

Lawmakers Wednesday also completed an override of the governor’s veto of a bill that all but blocks lawsuits from neighbors of large livestock operations who are unhappy with odors and other nuisances.  Republican lawmakers say the change prevents outside forces from trying to put hog farmers out of business.  Opponents say the law gives the hog industry an unfair advantage and denies private-property rights to North Carolina residents living with odors from neighboring farms.