AN ACT TO AMEND THE DATE BY WHICH MAIL-IN ABSENTEE BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS IN ORDER TO BE COUNTED, TO REQUIRE PUBLISHING OF THE DATE ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE AVAILABLE AND THE DEADLINE FOR REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE REPORTING OF BALLOTS BY THE COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTIONS.
Senate amendment to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.
Amends GS 163-231(b)(1) to require absentee ballots to be received by the county board of elections by 7:30 p.m. rather than by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the statewide primary or general election or county bond election. Makes conforming changes to GS 163-232.1(a). Adds to the proposed changes to GS 163-231(b)(2) to allow for absentee ballots not received by that specified time to be accepted if the State Board of Elections has extended the closing time of the polls for every poll in the county pursuant to state law, whereby the ballots must be received by the closing time as extended by the State Board in order to be counted, in lieu of being accepted only if federal law so requires.
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