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Same Day Voter Registration

Voters who decide at the last minute that they're interested in this fall's municipal elections can cast a ballot right away under a new law that's received final federal approval.

The law gives citizens the option of registering and immediately
voting at one-stop voting sites during the final days of a
campaign. Before now, registration was cut off 25 days before an
election.

State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett says the U.S.
Department of Justice signed off on the plan late last week, and a
brief letter formalizing the approval arrived Tuesday
.
The General Assembly approved legislation July 11 to make North
Carolina the eighth state to allow people to register and cast a
ballot immediately before an election. Governor Easley signed the
measure about a week later, but the law had to be reviewed by the
Justice Department to assure it complied with the federal Voting
Rights Act.


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