Judge refuses to require more early voting in N Carolina

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A judge has refused to order North Carolina officials to expand early in-person voting in five counties after some voters alleged the counties’ voting schedules didn’t comply with a court’s ruling last summer over ballot access.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder denied the request Thursday of voters who wanted him to declare additional voting sites were needed during the first week of early in-person voting, or on Sundays and the last day of the period.

Schroeder agreed with state attorneys that changing early voting — it begins Oct. 20 — would create logistical difficulties. He also wrote he could find no evidence government officials violated his injunction blocking a 2013 state law that previously scaled back early voting.

The counties at issue are Mecklenburg, Guilford, Forsyth, New Hanover and Nash.