RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – It could be easier to vote by mail in North Carolina for the November election.
A bill the House passed Thursday lets people request absentee ballots in person, by mail, email, or fax.
It also reduces the number of people who have to serve as a witness on an absentee ballot from two to one.
At the same time, it bars the North Carolina Board of Elections from going to an all vote-by-mail system. It also makes it a felony to send out an absentee ballot to someone who did not request one.
A lawsuit was just filed last Friday saying that the state has not done enough to prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 on the election. The board of elections is expecting a major increase in the number of people who will want to vote absentee this year.
The bill passed by a 116-3 vote and now heads to the Senate.
More headlines from CBS17.com:
- Some NC restaurants say customers are not complying with the mask mandate
- Veteran dies of COVID-19 complications after posting on Facebook that he refused to wear a mask
- Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower vandalized
- Faculty asks UNC System to move all classes online during COVID-19 pandemic
- Feds offer $5,000 reward after guns stolen from Walmart in Fayetteville
For more stories like this that matter to you, click here to download the CBS 17 News app for free.
Watch live newscasts, get breaking news and sign up for push alerts – download now