Same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting returns

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters again have two options for casting ballots in the March primary that were repealed for 2014 elections — at least for now.

The General Assembly had stopped allowing people to register to vote during the early voting period and cast ballots the same day. And they also decided ballots voters cast on election day in the wrong precinct would no longer count.

But a series of federal appeals court rulings now prevents those changes from being enforced. So same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting are back in effect for the upcoming election.

A judge who heard challenges to those laws last summer could rule at any time and eliminate those options again. That’s a reason the revival of these options hasn’t been trumpeted by election officials or advocates.

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