According to WRAL News, a judge has refused to order North Carolina officials to expand early in-person voting in five counties which include Mecklenburg, Guilford, Forsyth, New Hanover and Nash. The request comes after some voters alleged the counties’ voting schedules didn’t comply with last summer’s court ruling over ballot access.
The request was denied on Thursday by U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder despite voters wanting him to declare that additional voting sites were needed during the first week of early in-person voting, or on Sundays and the last day of the period.
Instead Schroeder agreed with state attorneys, that changing early voting ( it begins Oct. 20 ) would create logistical difficulties. Schroeder also wrote that he could not find evidence to support the claim that government officials violated his injunction, blocking a 2013 state law that previously scaled back early voting.
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