NC voting group says expanded early voting needed
By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press Writer
N.C. State Board of Election
RALEIGH, N.C. --Voter registration has increased by more than a quarter-million people in North Carolina in 2008, an election reform group said Monday as it warned of long lines come Election Day unless early voting is expanded.
Democracy North Carolina estimated that between 700,000 and 1 million more people could cast ballots this Nov. 4 than the 3.5 million who voted in 2004.
Local boards of elections should add more early-voting sites and extend hours during the 2 1/2-week early-voting period that begins Oct. 16, even to include Sunday afternoon, said Bob Hall, the group's executive director.
"You can look ahead and see this horrible traffic jam, but it can be prevented if election officials take steps to add more opportunities for voting before the Election Day crush," Hall said in a prepared statement.
More voters are expected because of a surge in registration and the excitement over the presidential race. Overall voter registration jumped by 257,394 from Jan. 5 through July 19 to 5,861,814, Hall said, citing State Board of Elections numbers.
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