popular day for early voting would be eliminated under a proposal that supporters say is meant to bring uniformity to the 100 North Carolina counties’ one-stop voting schedules. The proposal to change early voting has bipartisan support and is speeding through the legislature. It was made public late Wednesday night and received a preliminary vote of approval in the state House on Thursday afternoon. House Speaker Tim Moore moved on to a vote before lawmakers were able to signal that they wanted to talk about the proposal. “Aren’t we going to debate the bill?” Rep. Marcia Morey, a Durham Democrat, could be heard asking while House members were voting.
Moore said Morey could debate before the final House vote. After the House takes its final vote, the state Senate would need to approve the bill before it goes to Gov. Roy Cooper.
The bill would set a 17-day early voting period that ends the Friday before Election Day, eliminating the following Saturday. All early voting sites that operate Monday-Friday must be open 12 hours, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Under the proposal, early voting would start this year on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and end Nov. 2.