Bills requiring local special elections to be held on general election days and bringing military voting guidelines in line with national standards passed the House Monday night.
The special election date bill, sponsored by Harry Warren, requires special elections – such as bond referendums – to be held when voters would also be going to the polls on general election dates. The military absentee bill, sponsored by Rep. Grier Martin, D-Wake, would align North Carolina’s law with national standards. It would set standards for electronic transmission of ballots.
The special elections bill includes a provision allowing boards of county commissioners who are required to fill vacancies, such as on their own boards or for sheriff, the option of filling that vacancy by calling a special election. The billl still needs a final House vote before going to the Senate. It tentatively passed by a 63-51 vote.
The uniform military bill passed by a 115-0 vote. It now goes to the Senate.