Prep For High N.C. Absentee Ballot Demand Gets Senate OK

Jun 11, 2020

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.