N.C. absentee ballot Senate OK

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Changes to mail-in absentee ballot rules in North Carolina to help operate a fall election during the pandemic has received tentative approval from the state Senate.

The measure is a response to the expected spike in demand for absentee ballots from people at higher risk for developing complications from COVID-19.

Wednesday’s Senate debate was more divisive than a similar discussion in the House two weeks ago.

The measure expands the options for registered voters to receive an absentee ballot request form. And there’s $27 million for things like upgrading elections security, recruiting in-person poll workers and stocking up on personal protective equipment.

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