A flurry of voting law proposals bundled into one large bill at the N.C. General Assembly could cost the state extra money and increase wait times for voters, according to election officials.
House Bill 451, filed last week, would reduce the early voting period by one week and eliminate same-day registration, among other proposals.
Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress N.C., a think tank which advocates for fair and equitable policies, said the bill could reduce voter turnout.
HOUSE BILL 451
- The early voting period would be shortened to one week before Election Day, instead of the original two weeks.
- Same-day registration at polling places would also be eliminated.
- In 2012, about 2.5 million N.C. residents voted early, and about 97,000 voters registered on Election Day.
Now, the early voting period begins 19 days before Election Day and ends three days before.
In the 2012 general election, about 2.5 million people in North Carolina voted early.
Greg Steele, chairman of the N.C. Federation of College Republicans, said fewer voting days would cut operating costs.