NC Lawmakers Try To Shorten Early Voting Period

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Some Republicans are trying again to curb early voting in North Carolina.

GOP House and Senate members filed legislation this week to scale back the current 2 1/2- week early voting period before primary and general elections by one week. They also want to halt same-day voter registration during those periods.

The House bill also would eliminate Sunday voting during early voting, end straight-party balloting and make all judicial races partisan.

The House agreed in 2011 to reduce the early voting period but the bill didn't pass the Senate. Early voting is popular -- 56 percent of the votes cast in November's election occurred at one-stop early voting sites.

The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People scheduled a news conference Friday to oppose the legislation.

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