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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina election officials are providing more leeway to the voters living in the counties hardest hit by Hurricane Florence and filling out mail-in absentee ballots.

State elections board Executive Director Kim Strach issued an emergency order to let 28 eastern counties including Moore County accept these absentee ballots through the mail a week longer than they normally would — Nov. 15 instead of Nov. 8.

Last Friday’s order also allows people to turn in their absentee ballots in person at any early voting site or county election board in the state before 5 p.m. on Election Day. This is designed to help residents living far away from their damaged homes.

The legislature already extended tradition voter registration in the counties declared federal disaster areas by three additional days this month.

Feature photo: Polling station at the Douglass Community Center in Southern Pines.

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