After ruling, North Carolina board careful on vote changes


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina elections officials have fashioned early voting schedules they hope comply with a federal court ruling and ease long lines this fall in the presidential battleground state.

The state’s Republican-controlled Board of Elections deliberated through disputed plans from more than 30 counties before approving or amending them Thursday.

The struggle stemmed from an appeals court decision throwing out several portions of a 2013 ballot access law, citing discriminatory intent by Republican legislators against black voters. One voided provision limited early in-person voting to 10 days. Now it’s back to 17.

Chris Brook with the American Civil Liberties Union said he and others will review closely what happened Thursday before deciding whether they’ll seek remedial help from the courts.

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