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NC calls on counties to take steps to speed early voting

Posted October 23, 2012
Updated October 25, 2012

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— State elections officials are asking their county counterparts to find ways to ease long lines at North Carolina's early voting stations.

State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett sent memos Monday and Tuesday to elections directors in all 100 counties, urging them to consider changes that will make voting occur more efficiently and alleviate waits as long as two hours at some locations.

More than 720,700 people had voted statewide as of Tuesday, a 22 percent increase from the 564,600 who cast ballots in the first six days of early voting in 2008, Bartlett said. Elections officials expect early voting to exceed 2 million by its Nov. 3 close.

North Carolina has seen more than 400,000 voters register since the 2008 election, he said.

Bartlett said counties must process votes more efficiently and make the experience better for voters.

He told county boards to consider extending early voting times and adding weekend days. Such decisions would require unanimous approval by a local board.

Counties also should look at redistributing voting booths and handing out sample ballots to people in line, according to his memos.

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  • Plenty Coups Oct 25, 2012

    "A college ID is not a sanctioned Government ID. "

    And state gun permits are? The idea behind it is that it is a picture ID to verify you are who you say you are. Give me a break.

  • Mon Account Oct 25, 2012

    Perhaps is people were only voting ONCE this wouldn't be a problem (and, yes, that's 100% sarcasm)

  • whatelseisnew Oct 25, 2012

    "You ahve tobe really passionate about voting to stand in line for 2 hours just to vote early .... seriously for either 1 of these guys running for president ?"

    Much much more on the ballots other than President. I have not actually voted for ANY of the Presidential candidates going back to Reagan, but I still cast my vote on other positions, both State and Federal. Many of the early voters probably figured it would be quicker going in now than waiting for election day. this year if for no other reason, I need to vote against another "PUT ME FURTHER IN DEBT" bond issue.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 25, 2012

    "And once again, if there was proof that voter ID's were needed, I'd be all for it. But I'm concerned with the thousands that would be disenfranchised by needing picture Id's - Why aren't you concerned about these voters getting their say?(In Tennessee, gun owners were told that handgun permits were OK but college students were told college IDs weren't-why?)"

    A college ID is not a sanctioned Government ID. You do not have to be a citizen to be in college in this country. This disenfranchisement is just a bogus argument. Essentially we are at little better than banana republic status so fair as the integrity of our elections are these days. Thanks to the left, but of course, the left believes they benefit from the fraud of the system they have created. In the meantime we will likely once again see a the Military actually have their votes thrown out. Funny but given there supposedly is no fraud, in close vote counts, the lawyers run to the courts to throw out votes.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 25, 2012

    "Bartlett said counties must process votes more efficiently and make the experience better for voters."

    I am more concerned that the ballots be accurately read by the machines. Reports are coming in that some machines are not recording the ballots correctly. I do not like the machines we have. I have worked on scanners and they are error prone. I have requested from my State representatives that we get printouts of WHAT the machine recorded. I have no trust in the current system.

  • truth9806 Oct 25, 2012

    WHY NO STORY ON THE VOTING FRAUD GOING ON IN GILFORD CO.?

  • PanthersFan45 Oct 25, 2012

    You ahve tobe really passionate about voting to stand in line for 2 hours just to vote early .... seriously for either 1 of these guys running for president ? ..... I'll vote on November 6th, I won't lose sleep (should I miss out on voting). Nothign to get upset about since 40-45% of the country does not even vote.

  • Crumps Br0ther Oct 25, 2012

    "piene2 wrote: "Like almost all of the people we know, we are enjoying the very best four years we have had in quite some time."

    The best 4 years with more people out of work and on foodstamps? HA! Like I said before you have very low standards and are in a deep denial. Nothing has gotten better, everything Barry has done has failed. Romney even told him so at the 2nd debate and Barry deflated and like Clinton said "looked like he wanetd to cry." Your constant excuse making and blaming is falling on deaf ears, those of us that look around can see things are not better, the standards have just been lowered and thats the new normal

  • Danny22 Oct 25, 2012

    In Guilford county, when you vote for Romney, Obama's name can show up. The officials say not to worry b/c if they catch the error they can reset the machine. But what about the ones that are not caught.

  • piene2 Oct 25, 2012

    "piene2 wrote: "Like almost all of the people we know, we are enjoying the very best four years we have had in quite some time."

    LOL. This has to be a parody posting. Nobody would actually try to pretend like they believe this.
    DrJ"

    Good. very good indeed. We like people such as you to be in the dark. It makes picking your bones over easier when you find yourself with your backs to the proverbial wall.

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