With the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the end of same-day voter registration in North Carolina, Friday is the final deadline to register for the Nov. 4 election.
The state has for years allowed voters to register during the early voting period and cast a ballot in the same visit. But the N.C. General Assembly approved election changes in 2013 that end the practice, a move opponents say will reduce voter participation.
With the status of the law in legal limbo, phone lines at the Wake County Board of Elections were jammed much of Thursday with voters seeking answers about the registration process.
Wake elections director Cherie Poucher says her office has been receiving 1,000 to 3,000 forms per day. “I’m comparing it to a presidential election with the number of groups out doing voter drives,” she said. “I don’t think we anticipated being this many forms behind.”
Poucher said the processing backlog stands at 10,000 registrations, and her staff is working nights and weekends to catch up before early voting begins Oct. 23.
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