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Clock’s ticking on early voting in North Carolina
Challenges expected over extension
Published Monday, October 26, 2020 10:00 pm
by Krystal Frierson | The Charlotte Post

President Trump’s reelection campaign is requesting the Supreme Court block North Carolina’s absentee ballot extension plan. The campaign has asked for an emergency injunction to strike it down.

North Carolina’s plan would continue to count absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 as long as they arrive by Nov. 12. Oct. 26 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot.

Early voting will end on Oct. 31. Saturday is also the last day to drop off mail-in ballots in person at early polling locations during your county’s voting hours.

Mail-in ballots may be dropped off in person at local county boards of elections by 5 p.m. on Election Day. 

North Carolina has already seen several issues with mail-in ballots this election season.  According to data from the North Carolina State Board of Elections, the U.S. Elections Project shows that the state board of elections rejected 7,417 ballots to date, a rate at 0.9%. Many of the rejected ballots are due to “Witness info incomplete.” State law requires completion of a ballot in the presence of one witness.

The highest ballot rejection percentages are among non-Hispanic Native Americans at 3.4%, followed by Blacks and Hispanics at 2%. Asian-Americans’ rejection rate is 1.5%.

In September, a mix-up at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections resulted in several hundred voters receiving two ballots.

Krystal Frierson is an Election SOS fellow.


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