Statewide early voting plans questioned

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A recent New York Times article raises questions about early voting plans statewide.

Some claim that some Republican-led county boards of elections are not providing enough access to early voting.

"It's really irresponsible and really disturbing to see the super partisan nature that has gotten injected in a number of counties," said Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina.

Hall said that current state law requires counties to have only one polling site, at the Board of Elections office, and for it to be open during business hours on business days. The law also requires that on the final Saturday of early voting, a polling site is open until 1 p.m.

Hall believes that counties should go above and beyond the extent of the law to ensure voters have ample opportunity to early vote. He believes some are not willingly doing that.

"The whole point of early voting is to make it possible for people who have difficulty voting [on Election Day] to have other options," he said.

Guilford County Board of Elections Chair Kathryn Lindley said Guilford County has gone well above the law to ensure everyone in Guilford County has the opportunity to vote early.

"I don't know what other boards are doing," Lindley said. "I don't know what people are doing across the state. I know what we've done in Guilford County and that's make everything accessible to all of our voters."

Lindley said Guilford County has 25 polling locations and ample after-work and weekend hours.

Early voting starts Oct. 20.

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