The North Carolina State Board of Election has sent out a memo encouraging county elections officials to suspend a program allowing voters to sign an affidavit to make up for the lack of a witness signature on their ballots. Thousands of North Carolina voters have failed to provide witness information on the back of their return envelopes, a requirement for the ballots to be accepted. The board issued guidance last week to correct that problem by giving voters an affidavit rather than a new ballot. But the settlement is being reviewed in state and federal court. A federal judge has expressed concern that the new protocols would upend the witness requirement.