Voter Registration Extended in 36 NC Hurricane-Affected Counties

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A judge has ordered North Carolina election officials to extend the deadline to register to vote in 36 eastern counties of the state because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew. The order Friday came in response to a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina Democratic Party.

The party sued State Board of Elections executive director Kim Strach in county court Friday, which is the current deadline for voter registration. A hearing on a request to extend registration to next Wednesday was held Friday afternoon.

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Strach decided earlier this week to keep the Friday deadline, but told county boards to accept registration applications mailed to them until Wednesday afternoon as long as the applications were dated Friday.

The party’s attorneys had argued that people should have until Wednesday to turn in their forms in person at county-elections and other government offices.

People who decide to vote early will be able to register the same day. Early voting begins Thursday.

The counties with extended registration are:

Beaufort
Bertie
Bladen
Brunswick
Camden
Carteret
Chowan
Columbus
Craven
Cumberland
Currituck
Dare
Duplin
Edgecombe
Gates
Greene
Harnett
Hoke
Hyde
Johnston
Jones
Lenoir
Nash
New Hanover
Onslow
Pamlico
Pasquotank
Pender
Perquimans
Pitt
Robeson
Sampson
Tyrrell
Washington
Wayne
Wilson

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