Voter pre-registration ends for youths in NC

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Gov. Pat McCrory

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina teenagers who are 16 and 17 can no longer pre-register to vote as one of many changes to the state’s elections process takes effect.

WRAL-TV reported that more than 160,000 North Carolina teenagers have used the program to pre-register to vote. The pre-registration program ended Friday.

The elections overhaul law approved by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory in August eliminated allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to fill out registration paperwork before they turned 18.

Those youths would be automatically registered when they reached the age of eligibility.

The change is one of several signed into law by Gov. McCrory as part of the controversial elections overhaul bill.

Other changes include shortening the early voting period by a week, eliminating same-day voter registration, requiring government-issued photo identification at the polls and eliminating straight-party ticket voting.

Read more: WRAL-TV