Elections in many big NC municipalities delayed until 2022

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In this Sept. 8, 2020 photo, voting booths are kept socially distant at the Chesterfield, N.H. polling site. A majority of President Donald Trump’s supporters plan to cast their ballot on Election Day, while about half of Joe Biden’s backers plan to vote by mail. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that finds 54% of voters say they will vote before polls open on Nov. 3. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — This fall’s elections in about three dozen North Carolina municipalities will now be happening early 2022 in legislation that Gov. Roy Cooper says will become law without his signature.

The measure emerged because towns and cites where district-specific races are held couldn’t redraw district boundaries in time because of census data delays.

The changes affect places like Charlotte, Greensboro, Cary and Fayetteville.

Cooper said he won’t sign the bill because local election changes should involve more open discussion and public input.

Raleigh-area senators were unhappy about how city leaders got a provision in the legislation to shift Raleigh’s municipal elections permanently to even-numbered years.

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