Mecklenburg votes to cut early-voting hours

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections has voted to cut down the number of hours and locations for early voting this year.

Local media outlets report that Monday’s vote reduced the number of hours for early voting by nearly 250 hours compared to the 2012 presidential election.

Earlier this month, a three-judge federal panel overturned North Carolina’s voter ID law and required early voting for a 17-day period. But local boards of elections need to decide how many hours to open polling sites during that period.

Monday’s vote came hours after Gov. Pat McCrory formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay the ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The county board’s vote now heads to the State Board of Elections for approval.

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