An influential state lawmaker in North Carolina is launching an effort to make it harder for his state’s citizens to vote. It’s a development that should trouble voters, especially because North Carolina’s election process has been improving lately.
To residents in the many states that force voters to navigate a minefield of confusing rules and unnecessary hurdles, North Carolina’s existing approach seems refreshingly simple. Early voting begins 19 days before Election Day. If you missed the regular voter registration deadline, you can just stop by a one-stop site, fill out your registration form, and cast a ballot at the same time.