Early Voting

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All early voting locations across North Carolina will now have to be open the same weekday hours — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Lawmakers changed this over the summer after county budgets were already set, causing local elections directors to scramble. In some counties, it means fewer places for people to vote early.

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Fifteen counties finally have early voting plans after the North Carolina Board of Elections settled local disagreements over them on Sunday. Gaston and Durham counties' plans include Sunday voting.

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Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are again looking at changing the rules on early voting, a popular idea which has prompted legal action.

Early voting is up 10.7 percent in Mecklenburg County, compared with the last presidential election four years ago.  

As of Wednesday night, the 14th day of early voting, 211,876 people had cast early ballots in the county. That's up from 191,405 after the same number of days in 2012.

Voter registration is up just 4 percent since 2012, according to the Mecklenburg Board of Elections.

In April, 2015, then-Charleston police officer Michael Slager allegedly shot an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, eight times in the back as he fled a traffic stop. Now, nearly a year and a half later, a court will decide whether Slager was justified in the shooting.

Attorneys for the prosecution and the defense delivered opening statements Thursday to a jury of 11 white people and one black man who were selected earlier in the week.

Early voting lines at Charlotte's Veterans Park in 2012.
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The number of early votes cast in Mecklenburg County for the Nov. 8 election is behind the pace of early voting in the past two presidential elections, according to figures from the county board of elections. Turnout numbers should start rising faster: More early voting sites opened across North Carolina Thursday. That's welcome news for voters who were deterred by long lines at some polling sites last week.

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Hillary Clinton staged a doubleheader in North Carolina Sunday, beginning the day with supporters in Raleigh, then traveling to Charlotte, where several hundred people were squeezed into an outdoor plaza at the University of North Carolina Charlotte to hear the presidential candidate speak.

We're now a little more than two weeks away from election day.  In our discussion this week with political analyst Michael Bitzer, we look at where the big races are in the polls and we also talk about this week's gubernatorial debate and the beginning of early voting.

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Mecklenburg County's board of elections voted Monday night to cut the total hours of early voting by about 9 percent this year. But the state board of elections will have the final say.

NC Early Voting Plans In Flux Depending On Where You Live

Aug 8, 2016
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The recent federal appeals court decision that struck down North Carolina’s voting law made a lot of things clear. There won’t be voter ID in the November election, for example. But the number of early voting hours remains unclear – and will depend on where you live.

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