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.
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.
But Gary Bartlett, executive director of the State Board of Elections, said reducing the early voting period would require more staff training and recruitment for polling stations.
“There is not going to be any savings at all by reducing the early voting period,” he said.
The Orange County Board of Elections spent $47,500 on staff during the November 2012 election period, said Director of Elections Tracy Reams.
The bill would also prevent people from registering and voting on the same day.