State Opens Public Comments For Early Voting Plans

State Opens Public Comments For Early Voting Plans

3:00pm Jul 23, 2018

State voting officials have opened up a public comment period for counties that haven’t been able to work out their early voting plans.

Sixteen counties across the state have yet to reach a unanimous agreement on early voting details for their voters. Randolph and Rockingham counties are among them.

That could leave it to state officials to resolve the plans. The bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement expects to meet in August to work out those details.

In the meantime, the board is taking public comments through its web site to help guide the final decisions.

A new law changes the rules for one-stop early voting sites, requiring them to be open for the duration of the period and have hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

Previously, counties had been able to stagger locations and hours.

The measure passed over a veto from Gov. Roy Cooper.

Both Guilford and Forsyth counties have passed unanimous plans, with nine early-voting sites planned in Guilford and 11 in Forsyth.

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