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Cooper signs early voting bill, vetoes bill that would remove foreign citizens from voting

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By Shanice Harris | Nov 29, 2019

Earlier this month, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would remove many foreign citizens from voting rolls throughout the state. He also signed a bill into law that will restore early voting for election cycles.

“Only citizens should be allowed to vote,” Cooper told The News & Observer. “But blocking legitimate voters from casting a ballot is a risk we cannot take when the law already prevents non-citizens from voting and has legitimate mechanisms to remove them from the rolls.”

Some Republicans are claiming the veto of Senate bill 250 is a “radical left-wing agenda,” The News & Observer reported. 

Senate Bill 683, which restored early voting, was liked by both Democrats and Republicans. Early voting will be restored to the last Saturday before Election Day and will also extend voting hours. 

“This will help reduce long lines on Election Day and make it easier for people to have their voices heard,” Cooper to The News & Observer. The new law will also require strict recording of absentee ballot requests.

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