Could North Carolina’s super-sized precincts slow voting?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The popularity of in-person early voting in North Carolina has allowed officials to defer addressing what to do about precincts with large number of voters. But a court ruling last month involving the voter ID law that now requires early voting to cover 17 days again is bringing attention to these so-called “super-sized precincts.”

The election reform group Democracy North Carolina says nearly half the state’s 6.6 million registered voters now live in voting precincts with at least 3,000 voters.

Democracy NC leader Bob Hall says voting could be a “train wreck” at the Election Day polls at these precincts unless county election officials approve robust 17-day early voting plans.

State election officials are urging local election boards to think long and hard before reducing early voting hours or sites.

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